Course knowledge requirements
No previous knowledge necessary. This MOOC will cover a range of material designed for a diverse audience and has been developed on the assumption that learners have no previous knowledge. If they wish, learners will have the flexibility to explore the topics in more depth.
Course duration and week by week content
You will be able to explore the theoretical and philosophical basis for character education, including a background to virtue ethics and gain practical knowledge on taking character education into educational settings. Throughout the course, you will debate if and how character might be taught in a conscious, planned and reflective way.
Duration: 2 weeks
- Week 1: In this first session, we will examine what character education is, what it is not and why it matters. One of the big questions we will look to answer is ‘Should character be taught in schools?’
- Week 2: In the second week, we will look at the implications of this on the ground. How can character be caught, as well as taught, in schools and where does the responsibility of teachers come into this?
Tom Harrison is the Deputy Director of Development at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues where he works to enable the Centre’s work to be transformative. Tom has spent many years working on research and development programmes mainly relating to character and citizenship education. His specialist interests are character and virtue ethics, citizenship, community development, student leadership and volunteering and he has written extensively on many of these areas, as well as developed a range of resources and training programmes for schools.
How to apply
This free online course is currently running. You can join now at the FutureLearn website.
If you enjoy this course, why not take your studies further. For those interested in extending their learning it will also provide a taster course for the MA in Character Education which has been developed by the University of Birmingham.
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