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Teaching Citizenship: What if the EU is Part of the Solution and Not the Problem?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7802-238X
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5867-7629
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Political Science Education, ISSN 1551-2169, Vol. 10, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We propose that the European Union (EU) should be used in citizenship education as a possible vehicle for citizens’ influence on issues outside the reach of the nation state. Citizenship education thus ought to include the EU as an arena for political action and relevant ‘EU knowledge’ ought to be part of the curriculum. Concepts from the German politische Bildung tradition are used to discuss what should be the content of an education aiming at educating young people to (become) democratic citizens and the level of competence required in order to function as a democratic citizen. The ‘reflecting spectator’ is given special attention. Environmental issues are chosen, for three reasons, to show how EU education can be part of citizenship education:  the trans-border character of environmental problems, the multi-level responsibilities connected to them and the fact that virtually all European environmental policy is made in, or in close association with, the EU.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 10, no 4
Keyword [en]
citizenship education, European Union, politische Bildung
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Samhällskunskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27190DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2014.950736OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-27190DiVA: diva2:620367
Available from: 2013-05-08 Created: 2013-05-08 Last updated: 2014-12-11Bibliographically approved

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