Children as Citizens

Department of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

College of Social Sciences


Code 19038

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

The module examines the development of Citizenship as a concept and a curriculum subject. As a concept citizenship is closely related to ideas about democracy. However, democratic systems take many forms and the early part of the module considers the strengths and weaknesses of democratic systems and their languages of human and children’s rights. The conceptual analysis of citizenship will help you develop the skills to critically discuss citizenship as a curriculum subject. Examining government publications and writings, you will identify the problems and possibilities of citizenship education in the UK and beyond. You will examine philosophical issues around the purposes of education and pedagogical issues around classroom conflict, multiculturalism and the relationship between religious faiths and citizenship.

Teaching and learning methods

Large group lectures, Small group seminar discussion, Small group seminar presentations and Tutorials