Online Course - What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education
Character education is increasingly being talked about by politicians, employers, teachers, parents and young people across the world. Can teaching virtues such as honesty, self-control, fairness, resilience and respect - which contribute to good character - be part of the solution to many of the challenges facing society today?
This free online course offers you the opportunity to understand virtues and the role they play in helping both individuals and society flourish. We will tap into this increasing interest and answer important questions such as what is character and character education, why is it important and can it be taught? For those interested in extending their learning it will also provide a taster course for an exciting new MA in Character Education currently being developed by the University of Birmingham.
Week 2: Character Education in Practice
How can character be ‘caught’ in schools? (Gary Walsh, Head Teacher)
Why should character be taught in schools? (Dan Wright, Teaching Fellow)
You can also explore each area in as much depth as you wish, with further reading materials available to those who want to learn more about particular aspects of the course.
You can find out more about what to expect from this course in a guest post from a religious studies and wellbeing teacher, Matthew Bawden, on the FutureLearn blog: “Everyone’s talking about character education, but what does it really mean for teachers?"
This course will help you understand character, character education, virtue ethics and the role they play in both individual and societal flourishing.
It will be of particular interest to those who wish to explore how the development of character in young people can be applied in educational settings.
No prior knowledge of the subject area is required. This course has relevance across the world.