CFI Institute Online - "Humanism, Atheism and Social Justice" - December '12


Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Monday, December 31, 2012

Location: Online Course


"Humanism, Atheism and Social Justice"
(SEC 235-1212)
December 1 - December 31, 2012

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

This one-month, four-module course will discuss how humanists, atheists and freethinkers have historically been at the forefront of social justice movements. What is it about freethought, humanism and atheism that leads people to take progressive stances on social justice issues? With gains in social justice being threatened and with the recent conflicts within our movement about whether to engage in social justice work and if so, how much, and more importantly, how we can be inclusive as a movement, it is important that we take the time to consider where we have been so that we can better understand what we might be able to accomplish if we embrace our social justice heritage.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to the philosophy of humanism and its history
  • Freethought and Feminism: how the freethought and feminist movements co-evolved.
  • Beating Bigotry: how to identify and deal with different types of bigotry.
  • Humanism and Human Rights: How humanism has informed a global awareness of the importance of human rights.
  • Atheism and Empowerment: Why explicitly rejecting religious dogma helps empower people in other areas of their lives.

Readings: Students will get access to Jennifer's book, Jen Hancock's Handy Humanism Handbook. Students may purchase her other book, The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom, at a discount. Students can also purchase a strongly recommended book: Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice by Kristin Anderson. Additional 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 AHA.

This is a one-month course, running from December 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012.
Cost
: $60 for general registration; $50 for CFI Friends of the Center; $20 for students (educational institution email required)

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Additional questions? Contact the CFI Institute for further information.



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