List of Free Online Military Science Courses and Classes

Info on Free Online Classes and Courses in Military Science

Some universities offer free online courses in military science through their OpenCourseWare (OCW) projects. While most of the courses provide some materials that may enhance learning, none of the courses discussed in this article are offered for credit.

Free Online Classes and Courses in Military Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Comparative Grand Strategy and Military Doctrine explores the concept of the grand strategy and how Russia, Britain, Germany and France attempted to implement it between the late 19th and the mid-20th centuries. Topics covered include the origins of World War I and World War II, military organizations and nationalism. Course materials include a syllabus, a list of topics discussed, required and recommended reading assignments, selected lecture notes, essay assignments and a final written exam.
  • Innovation in Military Organizations explores military innovation through its causes and the application of organizational theory. It includes case studies that measure the accuracy of theories about military innovation. Topics discussed include armored warfare, submarine warfare and failed innovation. Students can access selected lecture outlines and notes, reading assignments and suggested final paper topics.
  • Organization Theory and the Military focuses on the theoretical and practical application of classic military theory and its effect on contemporary military organizations. OCW users learn about organizational failure, organizational evolution, information processing, influencing organizations and organizational rigidity within the context of military theory and history. Students can access a list of reading assignments and a final paper assignment.
  • Understanding Military Operations explores past, present and future military operations according to their component parts, people and technology. Topics covered include urban warfare, military doctrine, nuclear deterrence, air combat and strategic mobility. Available course materials include a syllabus, list of topics discussed, a required reading list and a final research paper assignment.

Tufts University

  • Force and Strategy helps students learn how military force is used in international relations and how it may be affected by economic, ethical and political elements. Military theory and coercion in bilateral and third-party military action is covered, along with World War II airpower, the presence of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, terrorism, nationalism and security studies. Students have access to the syllabus, lecture topic list, lecture notes, required reading list, class project notes, written paper assignments and supplemental resources.

University of California - Irvine

  • Monitoring the Global Private Military and Security Industry consists of an 87-minute recording of a panel discussion on the security industry and global private military. The panel discusses the industry itself, current regulatory initiatives and clients. The panelists include individuals from the U.S. and abroad.
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