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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 8: Media literacy and civic engagement

    4.2 Media literacy and civic engagement

    Rationale and Objectives:

     Young people are making active use of the Internet in ways that may or may not contribute to civic engagement. While some scholars believe civic engagement arises naturally from digital media use, others believe that media literacy education is needed to provide the cognitive and social scaffolding that systematically supports civic engagement.  This unit shows how media can be used as a tool in promoting active citizenship and as a means of shaping ideas and ideology.

     Learning outcomes:

    • ·         Students will be able to categorize different types of media
    • ·         Students will be able to recognize fake news and factual news.
    • ·         Students will be able to analyze advertisements, news, news commentary.  
    • ·          Students will be able to present information in an objective manner and also analyze this information in a news commentary.

    Suggested Activities:

    Activity 1:

    • Discussion of what is media literacy based on viewing these video:


    Activity 2:  View these videos:

    Activity 3:  

    Do you think of “Saturday Night Live” as propaganda? What about those commercials of sad-looking puppies in cages that can’t be helped “without your support”? media literacy and contemporary propaganda. [ 1,122 more word ]

    Suggested Literature:

UNIT 7 Democracy and The Media in a Democratic Society: Rational and ObjectivesUNIT 9: Civil disobedience - The Role of Educators in Prevention and Intervention of moral reasoning and civic action