MOOCs: Starting one on Sci-fi & Fantasy…

Since I’ve graduated and started working full-time, I no longer have much of an opportunity to take university courses. So little time and so much to learn..! I have been looking at MOOCs as a fun way to deepen my knowledge on certain subjects in my own time. A MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – is an online course that is available to an unlimited number of participants, free of charge.

Over the past two years I have been wanting to start a MOOC a couple of times but every time other things got in the way. However, starting June 2nd I’ll finally be taking a MOOC, on sci-fi&fantasy: Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World. The reading list is quite interesting and will probably take most of my reading time the upcoming weeks/months (11 weeks in total):

  1. Grimm — Children’s and Household Tales
  2. Carroll — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
  3. Stoker — Dracula
  4. Shelley — Frankenstein
  5. Hawthorne & Poe — Stories and Poems
  6. Wells — The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, “The Country of the Blind”, “The Star”
  7. Burroughs & Gilman — A Princess of Mars & Herland
  8. Bradbury — The Martian Chronicles
  9. LeGuin — The Left Hand of Darkness
  10. Doctorow — Little Brother

I also found some other MOOCs that enthusiastic readers might be interested in (and that I’m considering taking if my experience with my first MOOC is positive):

  1. Greek and Roman Mythology (starts June 8th)
  2. The Fiction of Relationship (starts September 1st)
  3. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (starts September 6th)
  4. Comic Books and Graphic Novels (starts September 22nd)
  5. The Modern and the Postmodern (starts sometime in the future?)
  6. English Literature (various courses!)

Have you ever taken a MOOC and what was your experience?


  1. It’s a great choice of a course! It was my first MOOC, I took it two years ago, and really enjoyed it! The readings and the lectures were awesome! Writings – not so much, as they were peer-graded, and there was a lot of negative in that. But overall it was a great experience! I hope you’ll post about the books on the list 🙂
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