Children as Citizens (Module 19038)

This module will examine 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. 


By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of Citizenship in the contemporary curriculum
  • Analyse the political and educational values which underpin the curriculum
  • Relate discussion of Citizenship to broader issues of rights and responsibilities
  • Examine the pedagogical implications of implementation of the citizenship curriculum

Module Lead

Dr Ben Kotzee


20 credits

Contact time

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


  • Live blog on a theme from the module using a digital platform – Storify  (50%)
  • 2,000 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.  

Programmes associated with this module

BA Education