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  • Promoting Active Citizenship



    Cultivating active, informed, critical,  reflexive and engaged citizenship is a condition for a living and viable democracy. 

    Viability means, among others, an inclusive, sustainable society by bringing diverse groups (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) together in developmental, dialogical and participatory ways. 

    Educational institutions of all kinds have a responsibility for ensuring and fostering these ideas and practices - this at a time of many new examples of people learning to live together creatively. as well as coping with new challenges of living together (xenophobia, racism, violence, political alienation and the rise of fundamentalism and are struggling with questions about multiculturalism, etc.). 

    These competencies are vital with students in teachers preperation if they are to create a good enough learning environment for their own pupils, teach active citizenship, and become active citizens themselves.

  • UNIT 1: Introduction to ideas about democracy , in Theory and practice and its link to active democratic citizenship

    Rationale and Objectives

    The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to the structure and topic content of the entire course. After the initial introductory lectures, the course will  be organised around four broad fields:

    1. Active citizenship and civic engagement.
    2. Diverse Perspectives of Democracy.
    3. Diversity Education.
    4. Promoting Active Citizenship.

    In addition, this unit aims to begin the process of consciousness-raising as to the role of educators in active citizenship education. Specifically, course participants will be introduced to the theory and practice of active citizenship as a universal practice in democracies as well as to framework for understanding, learning and teaching the topic.


UNIT 2:Introduction to Democracy and Active Democratic Citizenship: Active Citizenship and Civic Engagement