Certificate of Achievement

Krish Varsani

has completed the following course:

Exploring Play: the Importance of Play in Everyday Life

The University of Sheffield

This interdisciplinary course explored the nature and value of play throughout life, across cultures and communities.

7 weeks, 3 hours per week


Elizabeth Wood

Professor of Education

The University of Sheffield

Jackie Marsh

Professor of Education

The University of Sheffield



average test score


Learning outcomes

  • 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 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.

Issued on 21st June 2018

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Free online course:

Exploring Play: the Importance of Play in Everyday Life

The University of Sheffield