POLS140 - The Global Citizen: Civics and Citizenship in a Changing World

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Teaching Organisation: 36 hours of lectures and tutorials

Citizenship is not what it used to be. In the age of globalisation, most of us are not only citizens of a particular country or community. We are also global citizens. But what does it mean to be a citizen of the world? What rights and duties do global citizens have? In this unit, students will explore the nature of citizenship in all its manifestations, from the local to the national to the global. In particular, the unit will critically examine the role that civics and citizenship education can play, both in Australia and internationally, in nurturing an intercultural and cosmopolitan outlook fit for citizens of the twenty-first century. Particular attention will be paid to how children and young people develop as citizens in a global context and how we can better understand their political activism today. How citizenship is constructed and practiced is immensely political. From how it is taught in schools to our children to the way that government policies apply it to new citizens, understanding the complex nature of citizenship in the twenty-first century is increasingly necessary for educators, policy analysts, and political consultants alike. The aim of this unit is to provide students the necessary grounding to understand and engage in sophisticated discussions about the state of civics and citizenship today.