This Exploring Play - The Importance of Play in Everyday Life course from The University of Sheffield by FutureLearn will encourage you to think differently about play.
We’ll discuss definitions of play and current debates about how the nature of play changes. Does play help us to learn? Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world? Are all forms of play good for us?
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe Brian Sutton-Smith’s seven rhetorics of play.
- Explore the history of toys and games.
- Identify continuity and change in play across centuries.
- Compare play activities across cultures.
- Debate the impact of modern technology on play.
- Investigate where children and teenagers play in your neighborhood.
- Discuss the provision and exclusion of play spaces in society.
- Explore the role of emotion and gender in children’s play.
- Evaluate the role of play during times of illness, trauma or accident.
- Investigate types of play in virtual worlds.
- Summarise the experiences of activists, practitioners and parents in relation to disability and play.
- Demonstrate an understanding of serious play through playful missions.
- Reflect on the relationship between play, creativity and innovation in the workplace.
The CPD Certification Service
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
Programme StructureWhat topics will you cover?
- The history and diversity of play.
- Definitions and rhetorics of play.
- Play across lifespan, cultures and contexts.
- Play in outdoor and indoor environments.
- Emotion, gender and play.
- Trauma and play.
- Disability and play.
- Teenagers, adults and play.
- Intergenerational play.
- Modern technology and play.
- The relationship between virtual play and the outside world.
- Play, curiosity, creativity and innovation.
Check out the full curriculumVisit official programme website
- 49 months
- 3 hrs/week
Start dates & application deadlines
- No Attendance
- Proactive tutoring and support
- Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
DisciplinesEducation Psychology Educational Psychology View 43 other Short Courses in Educational Psychology in United Kingdom
Explore more key informationVisit official programme website
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Play is a fundamental part of innovation and creativity across a whole range of subjects, careers, disciplines and industries, from fashion and engineering to teaching and business.
- This course will be of interest to you if you wish to work or study in the fields of psychology, playwork, childhood studies, play therapy, hospital play, teaching, childcare, or if you just want to better understand your relationship with the children in your life and your own play.
Make sure you meet all requirementsVisit official programme website
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 49 months.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 49 months.
Extra Benefits: From $99
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Double-check all feesVisit official programme website
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.