Explain the meaning of academic freedom and related values and how these values interrelate
Identify challenges and threats to academic freedom in different contexts
Assess how academic freedom can be promoted and defended
Demonstrate the importance of academic freedom to the development of society
Academic freedom is a fundamental value in modern higher education and research.
On this course, you’ll find out how we can use academic freedom to ask critical questions and contribute to a democratic society.
You’ll explore the importance of free and open research, and how it relates to core higher education and societal values.
You’ll understand why academic freedom is crucial for maintaining the quality and relevance of research in higher education.
You’ll learn about some of the current threats to academic freedom, and how this relates to the academic community worldwide.
Traditional and socially engaged definitions of academic freedom
Academic freedom in relation to other core higher education values
The limits to what is covered by academic freedom
Threats to academic freedom in different settings
Consequences of threats to academic freedom
The importance of academic freedom to democratic societies
How you can contribute to strengthening core higher education values at your home institution and in partnerships
How you can assess and react to incidents relating to the core higher education values
This course is designed for students and staff in higher education, but it will be relevant for anyone interested in asking critical questions.