Understanding the meaning of democratic society

Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to 

  1. Discuss the different meanings of a democratic society
  2. Analyze the different levels and connections between the personal, family, social and political responsibility.  

Suggested Activities:

Activity 1:

Listen to the song: Heal the World:

  1. Ask the  students to express how they feel after listening to this song.
  2. Discuss how they, as future teachers, deal with such a situation?
  3. What is their role, as teachers, when dealing with anyone who are affected by conflict?

 Activity 2:       

  •  Responsibility  View this video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QRqIGznHvU
  •  Have the students break into groups and give each group a country or region to investigate Circle of responsibility (responsibility for ourselves , for community, for country), attitudes towards mandatory responsibility.  

Recommended Literature:


  • Bull B.L (2008), A Politically Liberal Conception of Civic Education, Stud Philos Educ 27, 449–460
  • Cohen J.L (1998), American civil society talk, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, 18 (3), 55-79.
  • Sabia D. (2012), Democratic/Utopian education, Utopian Studies, vol. 23, no.2, 374--405.
  • Westheimer J. , Kahne J.(2004), Educating the “Good” Citizen: Political Choices and Pedagogical Goal, Political Science & Politics, 37 (2), 241-237