Open Education Resources

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut invites the public to participate in Massive Open Online Courses.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses participants take via the internet on topics as diverse as English language, economics, business, leadership, health, science, and personal enrichment. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants.

MOOCs offer large-scale interactive participation at no cost to the user. With well-known U.S. educational institutions offering an increasing number of courses, MOOCs are gaining popularity around the world. Beside their educational benefits, MOOCs are a tool to introduce the user to American institutions of higher education and the quality of education and freedom of learning they provide.

Interested in MOOCs? The U.S. Embassy will regularly post a selection of available courses, open to all.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Interested in MOOCs? The U.S. Embassy will regularly post a selection of available courses, open to all.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Interested in MOOCs? The U.S. Embassy will regularly post a selection of available courses, open to all. Check out these current and upcoming courses:

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut invites the public to apply to an online course entitled “U.S. Government – Foundations, Democracy and Politics,” offered by Purdue University.

This course is an excellent introduction to the principles of American Government, the political institutions that make it work, and the policies that result. It covers the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, and the foundations of democracy in the United States.

In addition to lectures and in-depth readings and discussions, students will be shown C-SPAN video clips to illustrate U.S. Government processes.

Following this MOOC, students will be able to:

 Describe important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics

  • Explain patterns of political processes, behaviors, and their consequences
  • Interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics
  • Critically analyze theories and concepts and apply them appropriately across the curriculum

 The above information is taken from Purdue University’s course description. Click here for more information. 

Course Dates and Format

This is an archived course. Participants will explore this course in a self-paced fashion.

In addition to the online classes, participants will attend discussion sessions (also called facilitated sessions) or a workshop offered by an expert in the fields of U.S Government and Politics.

The U.S. Embassy seeks candidates who are:

  • Currently residing in Lebanon;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English;
  • Committed to participating in the facilitated sessions while taking the online course.

How to apply:

  • Visit the course page at: https://www.edx.org/course/u-s-government-foundations-democracy-purduex-amgov101x and apply online. Send your enrollment confirmation to BeirutPD@state.gov. Click here to see a sample of the enrollment confirmation.
  • Along with the Enrollment Confirmation, download and complete the application form for the Embassy facilitated sessions and send to BeirutPD@state.gov with the subject line: “MOOC – U.S. Government – Foundations, Democracy and Politics.” Click here to download the application (Word Document 104 Kb)

No fees are required to participate in the online course.

Course Certificates

Candidates who complete the online course and attend the facilitated sessions or workshop will receive certificates from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

Application Deadline:

Applications should be submitted no later than October 19, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

This online course and the Embassy facilitated sessions are free of charge. Residents in Lebanon from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.