Free Online History of Asia Courses from Top Universities

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These free history courses focus on regions of Asia: South India, which includes India; East Asia, which includes Japan, Korea and China; and the Middle East, which includes Iran and Turkey.
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Free Asian History Courses

Here are 12 online History of Asia courses offered for free by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Some of these non-credit courses provide information on additional readings and allow you to access exam questions and class assignments.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's Open Courseware provides free access to the materials from previously taught classes for self-motivated learners. Among their courses on the History of Asia are East Asia in the World and The Middle East in 20th Century. East Asia in the World explores how Japan and China interact with other global peoples. The Middle East in 20th Century concentrates on Iran, Turkey and Egypt.

Free Online History of Asia Courses at a Glance

CourseProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Topics in Indian Popular Culture: Spectacle, Masala, and GenreUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Topics in Culture and GlobalizationUndergraduate/GraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
East Asia in the WorldUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
The Middle East in 20th CenturyUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
East Asian Culture: From Zen to K-PopUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Japanese Popular CultureUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and SocietyUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Japan in the Age of the Samurai: History and FilmUndergraduateText LessonsYesNoYes
Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East AsiaUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Women in South Asia from 1800 to PresentUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Islam, the Middle East, and the WestUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
The Making of Modern South AsiaUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes

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    1. Kaplan University

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    9. Penn Foster High School

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