CFI Institute Online - "Practical Humanism" - March/April '12

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - Monday, April 30, 2012

Location: Online Course

"Practical Humanism"
(SEC 235-0312)
March 1 - April 30, 2012

Click Here to Register!
(Extended registration deadline now March 8!)

Instructor: Jennifer Hancock, humanist activist, author, speaker, and journalist
Instructor: John Shook, PhD, CFI director of education and AHA education coordinator

This two-month, eight-module course will focus on the practical life skills Humanists use, and that anyone can benefit from regardless of their beliefs. Topics to be discussed will include: what Humanism is, the Humanist approach to happiness, Humanist ethics, freethought techniques, reality-based decision making, and personal responsibility. 

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce participants to the philosophy of Humanism and its history
  • To help participants understand the important role ethics plays in every day decision making
  • To introduce participants to a variety of critical thinking techniques
  • To help participants understand how and why these critical thinking techniques can help them make better decisions
  • To explore the role compassion plays in personal happiness
  • To explore altruism and its effects on the practitioner
  • To explore the role personal responsibility has in creating happiness
  • To explore various coping techniques for when things go wrong

Readings: Students will get access to Jennifer's new set of six instructional videos via online streaming, along with her new book, Jen Hancock's Handy Humanism Handbook. Students may purchase her other book, The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom, at a discount. Supplemental writings will be available online at no extra cost.

About CFI Institute Online Courses:

CFI 200-level courses are taught at an intellectual level equivalent to an introductory college course. We expect students to participate in the class discussion at their own chosen pace, and there are no other writing requirements, and no grading. These classes are entirely online -- everything for the course except the book is provided on a CFI website. You will read the course lectures, follow links to other webpages, ask your questions, and participate in class discussion with the instructors and other students on our website.

There is no specific time that you must be online. There is no "live" part to these courses, and you cannot miss anything even if you can only get online at 6am or 11pm -- you can log in and participate anytime, day or night, 24/7. A certificate of course completion is available to students who do participate online (as opposed to only lurking and reading, which is also an unobjectionable option for some students). Completion of eight courses at the Expertise 200-level is rewarded with the Institute's Certificate of Expertise.

Online courses are now jointly advertised by the Center for Inquiry and the American Humanist Association, and both organizations encourage their members/affiliates to consider taking them. Online courses are the most visible sign that CFI and the AHA have entered a cooperative relationship on some educational programming. That cooperation is facilitated by Dr. John Shook, who now serves as education coordinator for both CFI and AAH.

This is a two-month course, running from March 1st, 2012 through April 30th, 2012.
: $100 for general registration; $90 for Friends of the Center. No student discount is offered for this course.

Click Here to Register!
(Extended registration deadline now March 8!)

Additional questions? Contact the CFI Institute for further information.

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