Looking for course plans about free and open source

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I’m looking for some publicly available course plans that concern free and open source.

I don’t mean freely available course content for something like organic chemistry, I mean general, economics, computer science, business or law school curricula that teach how to develop software, build communities, analyze, or build businesses with free and open source code.

There are many books, articles, and blog entries on this, but I don’t think I have seen course plans. Pointers to even partial plans for units would also be welcome. Thanks.


  1. Bob, can’t give you course plans, but did you know that Aberystwyth University (Wales) has launched a degree in Open Source Computing? See http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/undergrad/courses/computer-science/open-source-computing/ for more. Might be worth contacting them.

  2. Dear Bob, there are some information at the Masterlibre mailing list, http://www.nongnu.org/masterlibre/
    A survey can be also found here: cs.bilgi.edu.tr/~mgencer/pub/MScInOSIS.pdf
    and oss2005.case.unibz.it/Papers/OES/EK3.pdf
    Berkeley has a wonderful video collection of the “InfoSys 296A-2 / Law276.8 Open Source Development and Distribution of Digital Information: Technical, Economic, Social, and Legal Perspectives”, at
    http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_details.php?seriesid=1906978370 from which a course plan can be extracted.
    I hope that it was of use,
    Carlo Daffara

  3. They teach a “Master’s Degree in Free Software” at the Universite de Littoral at Calais, France.

    Since they’re teaching it, they must have some course plans. And I’m fairly sure they intend their students to have significant commercial business impact in the coming years.

    Corporations … the AT&T-types … have always had an ambivalent relationship with universities … the BSD-types. Corporations develop software because it solves their clients’ problems, and their clients pay them money. Universities develop software as an inevitable by-product of the teaching process, and since they are in the business of ‘dissemination of knowledge’, they try to disseminate it as quickly and cheaply as possible.

    Linux wiped IBM OS/2 out of commercial relevance, and OpenOffice.org is wiping IBM Lotus SmartSuite out of commercial relevance as I write.

    Are we worried, or are we applauding, breathing a sigh of relief, and looking forward to the future with confidence ?

    Approach them with care ! The future is Open !

  4. Excellent leads, thanks I’ll follow up. Any other pointers would be welcome.

  5. We have a course regarding open source software, oriented towards engineering graduate students. Some material is available on http://dcc.puc.cl/cursos/course/view.php?id=4 (in spanish). I can trnslate the program quickly:

    * Software licensing: legal and commercial aspects
    * Free Software / Open Source Software (FLOSS): History and evolution
    * Communities and organizations
    * Costs of software solutions
    * Standards in the software industry
    * Commercial FLOSS: business models
    * Government and NGO’s approach to FLOSS: usage and general policies
    * Specific FLOSS projects: case studies

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