Children as Citizens

Module 19038

School of Education

This module examines the development of Citizenship as a concept and a curriculum subject. You will develop your knowledge of the debates surrounding citizenship through an evaluation of research, government publications and other writings in this area. You will identify challenges to the teacher's role through an exploration of classroom conflict, multiculturalism and educational aims. Consideration will be given to related concepts of Political Systems, Human Rights, Children's Rights and Global Citizenship on a controversial subject in the citizenship curriculum, e.g., race and racism, sexual identity, crime and punishment, poverty, human rights abuses, environmental destruction etc. Present poster to tutorial group. (50%) 

Module Lead

Dr Ben Kotzee


20 credits

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours), Guided independent study (160 hours)


  • Storify (30%)
  • 2,500 word essay (70%)

Reading list

Davies I, Gregory I & Riley S. 1999. Good Citizenship and Educational Provision. London: Falmer Press.
Heater, D. 1999. What is Citizenship? Cambridge: Polity Press.
Faulks, K. 2000. Citizenship. London: Routledge.
Holden, C & Clough, N. 1998. Children as Citizens. London: Jessica Kingsley.
QCA. 1998. Education for Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools. The Crick Report.
Kerr, D. 1999. Re-Examining Citizenship Education. National Foundation for Educational Research.
Osler, A. 2000. Citizenship and Democracy in Schools: diversity, identity, quality. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.
Osler, A. 2002. Citizenship and the Challenge of Global Education. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.
Abbott, E. 2000. A Teacher's Handbook for PSHE and Citizenship. EducaRI. 


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