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 4: Understanding the Processes of Social and Civic Activism
Rationale and Objectives:
One of the keys to maintaining a proper civic education is a vision of a better society and a belief in social engagement. This is not possible without knowing what motivates people and what discourages to be active in the public sphere. Therefore, one of the objectives of the course is to equip future teachers in the belief that active and engaged society is possible and the second goal is to teach them to recognize motivators and social restraint so to be able to appropriate them to use.
Topics that will be discussed include:
- Factors that motivate people to activism . (e.g. sense of urgency, a sense that their action and opinion are important, sense of influence )-mandatory
- Factors that prevent people form active (e.g. sense of be a not part of society)- mandatory
- The pedagogy tools which will be helpful in motivation and developing critical thinking
Learning outcome students will be able to:
Analyze the connection between the motivation and prevents from active citizenship in context to the people activism
Suggested Methods of Teaching and Learning:
- · Lectures and discussions
- · Case study
- · Mind map
- · Service-based learning
- · Personal experience
- · Examples from media (social and traditional )
- · VaKE
- Step 1: Lecturer will explain the essence of active citizenship
- Students will work in groups and each group will find a case of a situation when people don’t participate actively in their community or society: do not go our to vote, ignore environmental issues in their neighborhood, etc.
- Discuss why people do not get involved in that particular case.
- Possible strategies that can be used to engage people to get involved in that situation.
- Brainstorm and make a list of reasons that prevent people from being socially engaged.
- Brainstorm and make a list of how to engage people in social and civic issues.
Activity 2: Analysis of Media
Students will select from a variety of media, including for example films and texts, and analyze them in light of PAC. Specifically they will highlight list of potential options for PAC and will also be allowed the option of bringing their own selected resource). This assignment will be presented in written format: a review, a powerpoint presentation, or an essay.
Examples: Active Citizenship in Chicago: Mike Reynolds: Chicago: Mike Reynolds:
The Obama Presidential Center: Where We Are Now:
- Goodwin J., Jasper J.M., (2004), Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Meaning, and Emotion, Rowman & Littlefield
- · Ravitch D., Vietritty J., 2003, Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society, Yale University
- · Tilly Ch. (2004), Social movements 1768-2004, Paradigm Publishers.