This course from the School of Education at the University of Sheffield will encourage you to think differently about play.
We’ll discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes. Does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? Are all forms of play good for us?
What topics will you cover?
- The history and diversity of play.
- Definitions and rhetorics of play.
- Play across lifespan, cultures and contexts.
- Play in outdoor and indoor environments.
- Emotion, gender and play.
- Trauma and play.
- Disability and play.
- Teenagers, adults and play.
- Intergenerational play.
- Modern technology and play.
- The relationship between virtual play and the outside world.
- Play, curiosity, creativity and innovation.
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
Play is a fundamental part of innovation and creativity across a whole range of subjects, careers, disciplines and industries, from fashion and engineering to teaching and business.
This course will be of interest to you if you wish to work or study in the fields of psychology, playwork, childhood studies, play therapy, hospital play, teaching, childcare, or if you just want to better understand your relationship with the children in your life and your own play.
Who developed the course?
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.