Course requirements and sign-up form

Requirements

This course requires your commitment. A basic education should be enough to pull you through with the support from the other participants and me. There are assignments and discussions, though, and the topics we tackle can be pretty serious. (That is why I also include lighter lessons with assignments that may make you smile.)

The willingness to look at societal issues from different angles can also be a plus. So having an open mind helps, but I don’t want you to worry about that. Everyone is welcome.

Signing up and completing the course

The course is not available yet, but it will be soon. Once it is uploaded and complete, you will be able to take it at your own pace. I will send you all the information you need, such as your access code for Udemy.

As I will ask you to use PayPal for your payment to complete the sign-up process, you have the assurance of PayPal protecting your interests.

You can also carry out a wire payment into my business bank account, if you prefer. I will e-mail you a proper invoice. I’ve been self-employed for over two decades, and am VAT-registered.

You can choose one of the following three course fees.

  • £119.99. That’s about 180 dollars or about 150 euros.
  • £79.99 (about 120 dollars or about 100 euros).
  • £39.99 (about 60 dollars or about 50 euros).

So you won’t spend more than you can afford.

You will later also be able to sign up via Udemy. If you sign up via Udemy, you’ll only have one fee to choose from.

PS
6 March 2019: Dave, see the e-mail I sent to Astrid a few days ago. 😉

As the assignments are a vital part of the course, and I want to spread its main message, I will make all or most of the lecture videos freely available.

If you want to exercise your thinking muscles in the assignments, interact with other participants, get my feedback, get access to all sorts of handy materials and the chance to receive the course certificate upon successful completion, then you’ll need to sign up.

Also, the latest fixes and tweaks will only be available in the course itself (Udemy-based), as YouTube does not have a feature for replacing (updating) videos.

You can use the form below to start the sign-up process.

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I’ve got a nerve

I’ve got a nerve, don’t I, talking about disabled people – a phrase I dislike, by the way, because it suggests that disabled people are not capable of functioning in any way – in my book “We need to talk about this” and in my course “Bioethics – the ethics of everyday life” without having any experience with disabilities?

It’s a little bit more nuanced like that. In this video, I tell you where I am coming from, to some degree.

However, I am also aware that mainstream people structurally underestimate the quality of life of people who are non-mainstream, physically speaking. (Cancer is an illness, not a “disability”.)

The wobbly white balance in the video is my doing. The camera automatically switches its white balance setting back to “auto” and I sometimes forget to switch it to “fluorescent” again.

I don’t like the sound of “disabled”

I suspect that I even often pull a face when I say the word.

So why is that? I did some thinking.

The word “disabled” suggests that disabled people are not functional in any way.

It is a word I use in relation to apps, features and programs on my phone and computer that I don’t want to interfere, hence switch off, for example when I am making a video, or that I have no need for or that take up too many resources.

I prefer to use the more neutral word “non-mainstream” instead of “disabled”, but that still leaves me with a bit of a problem because women, people whose skin tone isn’t lily white and people who are over 30 or 45 can hardly be considered “non-mainstream”.

Yet they too experience discrimination and are still struggling to be included as fully fledged human beings in society.

This discrimination, however, has turned them into minorities within specific settings (such as boardrooms) and if I take that approach, than I see that lily white people, young people and men are also minorities in certain settings.

Men are still a minority in the caring and supporting professions, for example.

So, “non-mainstream” may work well in practice and could unite groups of people who meet with prejudices, stigmas and discrimination.

To some degree, disabilities are created by the non-inclusive nature of society such as the fact that people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters do not have automatic access to public transport, whereas mainstream people do, and something similar goes for blind people with guide dogs who are refused by cabbies.

It is interesting to note that in the 19th century, John Mill, one of the founders of a school of thinking called utilitarianism – which has had some very negative consequences, I should add – considered women “disabled by society”.