Moral and Citizenship Education: Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship

Language of instruction
Period 1 2023-2024
Isolde de Groot

Many UHS-alumni are involved in the development of educational activities or policies aimed at humanisation, education and professionalisation. By examining various theoretical perspectives on moral and citizenship education this course provides important building blocks for developing and evaluating educational practices and policies, with particular attention for the political and l contexts in which moral and citizenship education takes place. The core aim of the module is to connect theory and practice of moral and citizenship education in different educational contexts: mainstream education, informal education of youth and adults, and education of professionals.

After the successful completion of this course:

  1. Students know and understand the theoretical and critical aspects of moral and citizenship education (learning outcome 1).
  2. Students are able to analyze and evaluate different theoretical perspectives of moral and citizenship education on their contribution to humanization of education and society (learning outcome 1).
  3. Students can identify and establish links between theoretical perspectives and concrete educational practices (learning outcomes 2, 3, 4).
  4. Students are able to critically evaluate an educational design (learning outcomes 2, 3, 4).
  5. Students are able to articulate and substantiate the personal and professional connection with goals of moral education and citizenship education (learning outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5). 


World View-, Academic and Professional Education

The module contributes in particular to the connection between academic, philosophical and professional education. The concept of normative professionalization is central to this. 

  • Academic education focuses on interdisciplinarity (sociology, philosophy and psychology) in educational studies and on the independent discussion of academic literature (the substantiated formulation of a theoretical standpoint).
  • Professional education concerns critical reflection on policy documents and educational practices.


Brief explanation of cohesion with other courses

This course builds on Education 1.



The course consist of interactive lectures, seminars and self-study. The interactive lectures aim to transfer and expand knowledge and insight. The lecturer will discuss the literature with reference to the goals of the study component. In addition, there are interactive moments consisting of the presentation of the results of self- and groupstudy, after which plenary reflection takes place. During the seminars, students perform practical exercises and use the literature to interpret and evaluate educational discussions and practices . They will also meet experts. 


Relation between theory and practice

Students are expected to approach the assignments as future trainers / teachers / policy advisors/ researchers while they learn theoretical perspectives. 


Relation between education and research

The themes and literature choices aim to provide a general overview of relevant educational research.  UvH lecturers also share about their own work and that of their PhD students on Moral and Citizenship education practices in different work contexts. 


Opportunity for specialisation

Students can apply the theoretical insights discussed to an educational context of their choice. This offers an opportunity for specialisation. 

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