Fast facts Starts 19 July, 2021

3 weeks


3 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for £42


Humanities and Social Science

About this course

Explore what it means to be human and how we make sense of the world.

What does it mean to be human? How do we acquire knowledge? How do we make sense of the world around us?

Through this course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to start answering these big questions. You will consider the complexity of today’s world and engage in debates on the big ideas underpinning humanities subjects.

You will also develop the foundational skills required in the study of the humanities, including evidence-based problem solving, and intercultural awareness.

What topics will you cover?

  • Critical and ethical thinking
  • Epistemologies
  • Media and visual representations

What you'll achieve

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate introductory knowledge of the humanities disciplines, including developing understandings of how humans communicate and acquire knowledge.
  • Report local and global problems and ideas, and recognise how different academic disciplines can interact to produce new understandings or findings.
  • Compare foundational scholarly research using digital platforms, and find appropriate resources to answer the problem in its context.
  • Apply core academic reading and writing skills to communicate research outcomes.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in the humanities, or answering questions about being human. You don’t need any previous experience.

Meet the instructors

Professor Marguerite Johnson

Marguerite Johnson is Professor of Classics, researching ancient Mediterranean cultural history.

Professor Cathy Coleborne

Professor Cathy Coleborne

Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership.

Dr Annika Herb

Dr Annika Herb

Dr Annika Herb is a sessional academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her areas of research include Young Adult and Children’s Literature, creative writing, and popular culture.

Dr Hamish Ford

Dr Hamish Ford

Dr. Hamish Ford is a Senior Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies (FMCS) at UoN. His teaching and research are primarily based within the area of film studies.

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