UNCG’s Web Design and Usability MOOC is broken up into five separate units that collectively seek to help you answer one big question: How do I design, develop, and evaluate usable digital environments?
Humanity: the epic story of our species’ quest to understand our very existence. Join renowned historian and educator Dr. Stephen Ruzicka in the Soul and the Search for Meaning, a fascinating journey across time, myth and legend, as we explore the spiritual and philosophical origins of the most powerful species in known existence: ourselves.
What is the soul? What does it do? What is the cosmos? Is there order? What is the purpose and meaning of human life? What is the best way to educate and create worthwhile human beings? Join Dr. Ruzicka as he explores how the ancient Greeks such as Plato and Socrates looked both inward and outward to understand the origins of the soul, the cosmos, and what it means to be human.
Unit 2 explores how Christianity, from St. Augustine to Dante, translated the ancient Greeks’ view of life and the cosmos with a Christian prism. Explore such questions as “Is it possible to know what God is?”, “How can a long poem like Dante’s Inferno deal more effectively with big ideas than a philosophic essay?” and “Do you think the universe has a meaning?” as Dr. Ruzicka discusses such works as Augustine’s Confessions, Thomas Aquinas’ work on the Gentiles, and Dante’s The Divine Comedy.
Beginning with the work of Renaissance astronomers like Copernicus, Brahe, and Galileo in the 16th century, the geocentric view of the cosmos was overturned and hence the Church’s absolute authority in interpreting reality. The Scientific Revolution soon followed and the modern age was born where science more than faith played a major role in how we view the cosmos and ourselves. Join Dr. Ruzicka as he explores Renaissance materialism, the Scientific Revolution, Romanticism, Pragmatism, and Existentialism, and helps us understand where we are today.