Investigate and explore humanist beliefs, values, and goals
Demonstrate an understanding of the humanist worldview
Apply what one has learned in discussion with others
Evaluate the humanist approach to life
Reflect upon one's own approach and answers to life's big questions
Humanism is a non-religious, ethical world view shared by millions of people around the world. Humanists believe that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
However, there is widespread misunderstanding about what it means to be a humanist or to live a life without a religion. On this course you will learn more about humanist beliefs and values, and discover how humanists attempt to answer life’s big questions.
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
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.
If you are interested in human stories, you might also be interested in our other online course Humanist Lives, in which you’ll have the opportunity to meet humanists from around the world and learn about what it means to be a humanist in the 21st century.