Human Responsibility amid Global Complexity

Human Responsibility amid Global Complexity

Human Responsibility amid Global Complexity

Is there a Christian approach to teaching the Humanities?

Course code: PL2021

Purpose of this course:

This course focuses on the Humanities and uses Geography as its prime example. Dr Codrington explores the idea of perspective being hidden in all knowledge and the power within the humanities subjects to engage these perspectives with a Christian worldview. He challenges teachers to seek out opportunities to develop critical thinking in their students and to challenge hidden perspective for the good of all. Christian teachers are not fulfilling their duty if they do not help their students to explore the ‘So what?’ question and develop an understanding of the ‘why’ of what they are learning.

Human Responsibility amid Global Complexity is an eight-hour, online course and incorporates the learning from the 2020 EdComm Agora of the same name. The course has seven modules and involves Readings, Videos and Interactive Learning Tasks that ask the learner to apply their learning to their own teaching practice and discuss this with other teachers in the course learning community.

Click below to see a short segment of Dr Stephen Codrington's address at an EdComm Agora event.

Learning outcomes:

  1. To develop a critical understanding of the nature of a Christian perspective in the Humanities.
  2. To grow an awareness of the important contribution the Humanities make to shaping society and how Christians can be a part of shaping this process.
  3. To improve the skill set of Christian teachers to engage their students in recognising and challenging the values they encounter in their studies and to equip their students to contribute meaningfully to their society.


Success criteria:

  1. The participant can express an understanding of a Christian approach to the Humanities.
  2. The participant can outline ways the Humanities can positively shape society.
  3. The participant can demonstrate ways they engage their students to recognise and challenge values embedded in their Humanities subject.
  4. The participant reflects on their own practice and can demonstrate ways they are actively expressing a Christian perspective in their practice in both content and pedagogy.


Course outline:

Module 1: Defining the Humanities in a Changing World

This module explores the diversity of the Humanities subjects and the contributions they make to understanding our world. It notes the changing stance of the world to a Christian worldview.


Module 2: So What? Perspectives in all knowledge

Module Two explores the question 'So what?' and looks at its significance for developing a deep understanding of the consequences of actions within the Humanities subjects.


Module 3: How we see things in Geography

In this module Dr Codrington uses map projections to illustrate that all knowledge has a perspective embedded in it.      


Module 4: A Christian Perspective in Physical and Human Geography

This module has three parts:

  • Part A  – A Christian perspective on a geographical issue
  • Part B  – Physical Geography and the Environment
  • Part C  – People and Human Geography


Module 5 : Putting a Christian Perspective into Practice

This module has four parts:

  • Part A  – A Christian perspective is/is not
  • Part B  – A Christian perspective in content
  • Part C  – Perspective and methodology
  • Part D  – Barriers to a Christian Perspective


Module 6: Question & Answer

This module presents the questions and answers from the Agora evening.


Module 7: Reflection

In this module you will be asked to reflect on and assess your own learning and the course.


Course dates:

August 9 to September 12, 2021


Course cost:

Anglican EdComm Member Schools: Complimentary

Anglican EdComm Individual Members: Complimentary

Non-member Schools/General Admission: $320pp


Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System, where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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