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Starting This Week – 11/30/2014 to 12/06/2014

The Science of Happiness — UC BerkeleyX — December 1, 2014 (Self-paced)
We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Enroll today.

BerkeleyX Book Club: “A Christmas Carol” — UC BerkeleyX — December 1, 2014
This course will explore in depth Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol,” which has an important place in English language literature. It has given us enduring characters, such as Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and common sayings, like “Bah! Humbug!”. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you will find that this book offers important themes, including generosity, poverty, and more. Enroll today.

The Civil War and Reconstruction — 1861 – 1865: A New Birth of Freedom — ColumbiaX — December 1, 2014
A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865 narrates the history of the American Civil War. While it examines individual engagements and the overall nature of the military conflict, the focus is less on the battlefield than on political, social, and economic change in the Union and the Confederacy. Enroll today.

Preparing for the AP* Biology Exam — Part 2: Genetics — RiceX — December 1, 2014
This course is Part 2 of our XSeries: Preparing for the AP* Biology Exam and it is designed to prepare you for the AP Biology exam. In Part 2, you will explore how information is passed from one generation to the next. You will look at the molecular level of genetics as well as the bigger picture. Learn how DNA holds the instructions to life. Enroll today.

ISSCC Previews: Circuit and System Insights — IEEEx — December 1, 2014
ISSCC Previews: Circuit and System Insights, is a class offered by the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The course introduces several key circuit concepts and trends in a tutorial fashion, allowing participants to understand and appreciate the broad themes covered in the ISSCC conference. Enroll today.