Social Sciences
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Social Media 101: Building a Connection

This four-week course will be covering social media and how to work it effectively, with emphasis on networking with your future employers, creating a bond with your customers, or making a connection with your audience. A bit of history will be included, but most of this course will be lecture and implementation.

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Online Communities 101

This course is now complete - Please go to the following page to find the past course session recordings and recaps: http://playthismedia.com/class/

**Please note that an updated course is currently under development. More details will be released soon. Please follow me on Twitter for the latest details.

This course will highlight online communities from both the Community Manager and Community Architect perspectives. We will initially touch on the basics such as what the different roles are in an online community, how each type of member plays a vital role in the ecosystem, and the different methods and procedures a community manager can utilize to act as a proper role model. After the basics we will go into communication theory, specifically three computer-mediated theories that frequently apply to all members in the ecosystem, and a psychological theory that will assist in your understanding of what motivates an online community. Finally we will wrap things up with identifying how and when an individual, organization, etc. should create an online community, how to identify the right tools for the job, and digging into the self-sustaining online community ecosystem model that acts as a foundation for Community Architects.

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Forums for a Future

Forms for a Future is a university level social science course on the economic, political, social, and psychological elements for dealing with the single most significant question of our time: How to live sustainably and peacefully on a crowded planet.

We have more than enough information from the natural and physical sciences about the environmental challenges we face. We now need to address the human constraints within which we must make the necessary decisions.

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Psyc 101

This course will focus on the biological and cognitive foundations of individual behavior, as well as the individual in the social context. Research on psychological phenomena will be reviewed to demonstrate the logic of the scientific method, to foster critical thinking, to identify potential shortcomings in interpretations of behavior (e.g., claims presented in the popular media), and to describe linkages to everyday experiences (e.g., aesthetic and perceptual judgments, improved studying, friendship and attraction, development of political attitudes). Students will learn how to use empirical data to draw sound conclusions about behavior

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The Last Messenger-Makkan Period

This class will examine the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ up until the hijra. The class will go beyond the traditional seerah narrative and examine the social, political, and economic underpinnings of the time period. Special attention will be paid to the spiritual and moral dimension of the seerah with an emphasis on tying together passages from the Qur'an with incidents in the seerah.

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Game Theory

Game Theory 101 is a free introductory course to the basics of game theory. Over the course of a few dozen videos, we will learn about the basics of competitive interaction and strategic thought. We will also learn the core concepts of game theory, including strict dominance, iterated elimination of strictly dominated strategies, pure strategy Nash equilibrium, mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, the mixed strategy algorithm, weak dominance, backward induction, subgame perfect equilibrium, and comparative statics.

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International Relations 101

A look at international relations from a strategic perspective. Topics covered include:

-conflict versus cooperation

-rationalist explanations for war

-international trade

-the democratic peace theory

-principal-agent problems

-the United Nations Security Council

-public goods provision

-nuclear weapons

-terrorism and insurgency

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Shamanism 101

This course we will about the wonders of Shamanism, you will read about The lifestyle of shamanism and the healing powers of Shamans. There are many different types of Shamans and how they differ, along with powers that they believe in. You will read about how Shamanism was practiced and thought of in the very beginning traditional practices all the way to the way Shamanism is practiced now.

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Ecotheology

What does the bible have to say about nature, the environment, or in biblical terms, the creation? How do we relate to it? What are our responsibilities? What are our limits? What do we make of the present situation? Do we believe the scientists or trust in God? Or is that a false choice?

This course will examine these are other questions.

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Civil Wars

This class investigates the causes of civil wars and how international actors can manipulate their occurrences and outcomes from a strategic perspective. Main topics covered are bargaining over war, international intervention, and terrorism/insurgency.