Free Harvard course on justice

Michael Sandel’s course at Harvard, “Justice,” is enormously popular, and is highlighted in today’s New York Times. The course is now being made free online, and can be found here.  There are videos of every lecture, and online study material.   You can neglect all the ancillary stuff, but this is a fantastic opportunity to see a great teacher for free, and I for one plan to watch every episode (there’s a new one every week, and two are already up).


  1. Edward
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this! I watched the preview. I’m hooked! Am watching the first episode.

    What’s with the birth order query? Why is it there’s (apparently) a disproportionate number firstborns in his class? Do more of them gravitate toward Ethics 101? Or do more of them go to college than their siblings? Or is this an illusion? I’d also like to know how many in his class are only-children

    • Kevin
      Posted September 28, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      It’s Harvard. They’re more likely to have some money so they’re more likely to come from a small family. In any family there’s a 100% chance of there being a first born but the chances after that fall precipitously.

      While I’m here, does anyone know if these courses will be available on DVD? My dialup takes almost 24 hours to download an hour video.

  2. NewEnglandBob
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Every course at Hahvud is online and free.

    • Veronica Abbass
      Posted September 27, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink


      Please recommend an introductory online and free Harvard biology course.

      • NewEnglandBob
        Posted September 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        I am not qualified to recommend, being neither a Harvard alum nor having a biology education.

  3. Alex
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve previously watched Shelly Kagan’s course on death (Yale, philosophy) on YouTube. Watching such courses online takes a lot of time commitment if you actually want to end up learning something, but it’s absolutely worth it if you’re into the subject.

  4. Posted September 27, 2009 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Jurisprudence for breakfast.

    • Mark Andrews
      Posted September 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Did you hear about the jurisprudence fetishist?

      He got off on a technicality.

  5. Posted September 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    He’s a good speaker but VERY conservative, especially about bioethical issues. He allows far too much influence on social policy to religion. Sooner or later, he’ll probably join fellow communitarian Charles Taylor in winning the Templeton Prize. All in all, the best reason to listen to Sandel is “Know thy enemy.”

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted September 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Russell. I will keep my antenna tuned for that as I listen/watch.

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