Helpful and insightful. I try to learn as much about witchcraft and all religions as I can. The first set of videos were well lit and well read. I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn more.
This course was really thorough and interesting. I liked how it covered a range of religions and regions and I think it's great how there are interactive assignments which judge out writing.
By CARLOS R A H•
Good and interesting course. I think videos could be made more entertaining, lectures are very dense and I think they could be broken up a bit more, and the links for the final assignment are not working (You need to take a deep look into the forums to find working links and guides made by classmats) and I think the "optional" videos should not be optional and be evaluated as well. Other than that, the course is very fun, interesting and there's a lot to learn from it.
By Sofi D•
When I first read the title I thought it would be very different to what it really is. It's interesting from an historical point of view.
The inquisition and religions are the main topic, and how they treated magic back then, but it doesn't explain much of what was done.
I couldn't complete the last assignments because the links are broken, I suppose because the course is a little bit old.
By Jesús A P N•
All information is useful and interesting. Teachers are kind and you can tell they love their field. Unfortunately the videos are too simple; no extra images, important sentences (very few) it´s just the person talking. I had to just read the transcripts in order no to fall asleep.
By Pablo S S•
It is a very interesting course, but in the beginning it may seem a bit disorganised and slow. The best part, for me, was the week 4, about magic in Islam. The topic was fascinating and the teachers presented a perfect lecture, a great balance between deep but easy to follow.
By Cat S•
Mostly a very well thought out and interesting course - the week dedicated to magic and Islam was mostly a list of names and so quite dull. Some issues with the peer assignments - links not working etc.
By Eric T M P G•
Overall a good course, with a section on Islam and Magic that felt very well elaborated. All peer graded exercises however were poorly designed and had awful correction criteria.
By Jorelle B•
First class, very interesting. Lot of facts and somethings I already knew from history class. Good introduction to coursera and view of magic
By Christina L•
Very difficult to understand! Both the audio and the written text.
I had to do additional research to understand the flow of information.
By Deleted A•
The video quality needs improvement and some terms students are not familiar with might be better understood with more explanation.
By ALISON H•
Content was good, but could not complete the coursework due to dead links
By Marlena S•
First of all this course is far from schooling people how to create own opinions. Tests are mostly about opinions...opinions of the teachers that you have to support. I had much higher expectations seeing the high average reviews of the course.
Secondly, the program of the course skips quite many important aspects of the topic of magic in the middle ages. I believe much better choice than this course will be the book 'A history of Magic, witchcraft and the occult' written by British historians.
Oh, and also non-native English teachers try to use fancy words they have issues to pronounce.
By Brianna C G•
The way things were worded made little to no since, and were very confusing if not completely not understandable.
By Ismael D S•
It good, but unfortunately I could not finish the course due to last exam because have broken links
By Deleted A•
The actual course videos don't give you much concise information, but a lot of ideas and is aimed at a very historic way of studying, which probably won't fit the needs and expectations of someone who is learning about this topic for fun and entertainment, because this approach makes the course incredibly boring. The tests are hard because they target very precise and disposable details pulled out of the myriad of information that was put forward in the videos. The essay assignment was quite pointless and it was very hard to write about the details, pull out the necessary information and to reach the goals the teachers have set. I recommended this course to a friend at before I took it, I hope he didn't start this course because he would just be wasting his time.