TEACHING AND LEARNING
Political science debuts on MITx
When he arrived from Princeton University three years ago, political science MIT Professor Evan Lieberman was determined to find new and engaging ways of presenting course content. “I wanted to understand the students here, figure out what materials would interest them, and make a teaching impact,” he says.
One result of his efforts was 17.571 (Engineering Democratic Development in Africa). Offered for the first time in spring 2017, the class gives students the chance to apply engineering thinking to challenges in the practice of democracy in different African nations.
But now Lieberman, the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa, is taking instructional innovation to an entirely new level — and to new audiences. His new course, Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa, is the first MIT Political Science class produced exclusively for edX, the multi-university online education platform.