Humanist Lives, with Alice Roberts Course - Humanists UK


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Program Description


What does it mean to lead a humanist life? Meet and hear stories from humanists around the world. Presented by Alice Roberts.

Explore what it means to live as a humanist

Today an increasing number of people around the world describe themselves as humanists. 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?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Investigate and explore different humanist approaches to life.
  • Identify where there is diversity between humanists and where there are shared beliefs, values, and goals.
  • Evaluate the choices and actions of different individual humanists in discussion with others.
  • Summarise what it means to live a humanist life.
  • Reflect upon one's own approach to life.

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 want 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 will you learn with?

Simon Nightingale

Simon Nightingale is a humanist celebrant, nonreligious pastoral carer and a school speaker for Humanists UK. He is a recently retired consultant neurologist.

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.

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Last updated Jul 2020

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