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Introducing Humanism

Non-religious Approaches to Life

This course is suitable for anyone looking to develop their understanding of humanism. It will particularly appeal to those with a passion for exploring life’s big questions. It will also be of value to teachers and other educators wanting to develop their subject knowledge about non-religious beliefs, and to sixth-form students looking to prepare themselves for a degree in the humanities. You can use the hashtag #FLhumanism to talk about this course on social media.

Topics Covered
  • The humanist understanding of human beings: our nature, capacities, and responsibilities
  • How humanists answer questions about the world (science, reason, scepticism) and the consequences for a humanist understanding of reality
  • A humanist approach to making life meaningful and the value of individual freedom
  • The origins and evolution of morality and a humanist perspective on how to be good
  • The humanist vision for society (secularism, freedoms, and human rights) and the motivations behind their goals
  • Different definitions of humanism, its history, and its diversity

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Rating 3.5 based on 2 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Jan 15 (last week)
Cost $69
From Humanists UK via FutureLearn
Instructors Richard Norman, Luke Donnellan, Teddy Prout, Sophie Colligan, Alan Brine
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Social Sciences
Tags Politics & the Modern World

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Humanists UK

Rating 3.5 based on 2 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 3 hours per week
Starts Jan 15 (last week)
Cost $69
From Humanists UK via FutureLearn
Instructors Richard Norman, Luke Donnellan, Teddy Prout, Sophie Colligan, Alan Brine
Download Videos Only via web browser
Language English
Subjects Humanities Social Sciences
Tags Politics & the Modern World