Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free

Overview

Explore what it means to live as a humanist

Today an increasing number of people around the world describe themselves as humanist. They believe that this is the only life we have, that the world is a natural place with no supernatural side, and that we have the freedom to shape our own lives.

On this course you’ll meet individual humanists from around the world. From their stories, you’ll learn what motivates them, and how they express their humanism. You’ll learn about the questions, choices, challenges, and joys found in a humanist approach to life and have the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate it.

What topics will you cover?

  • Humanist ceremonies and the humanist approach to life
  • Humanist campaigning: freedom, human rights, and secularism
  • Humanists around the world: challenges and goals
  • The humanist approach to difficult transitions and suffering
  • Sources of depth, wonder, and meaning in a humanist life
  • Humanists and human progress

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.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in how different people choose to live out their lives and for those who wants to develop an understanding of what it means to be a humanist in the 21st century.

It is ideal for teachers and other educators wanting to support their subject knowledge about humanism, and young adults looking to prepare themselves for a degree in the humanities.

If you are interested in life’s big questions, you might also be interested in our other online course Introducing Humanism, in which you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a deeper exploration of the humanist approach to questions around knowledge, ethics, and happiness.

Who developed the course?

Humanists UK

A UK charity advancing free thinking and promoting humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail.