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EDIC+ module: Theory and Practice of Citizenship Education: Teaching Democracy and Tolerance

University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht 

Module content

Teaching values and citizenship education becomes increasingly important in many countries all over our globalizing world. For teachers, curriculum developers and researchers it is important to learn more about possibilities to address moral values and citizenship in education. Therefore, this module focuses on knowledge of internationally different theoretical approaches, policies and practices of citizenship education. It builds on the recent study on how all twenty-eight EU Member States pay attention to democracy and tolerance in educational policy and practice (Veugelers, De Groot & Stolk, 2017). 

The module will be theoretical, comparative and practice-oriented and will help you in inquiring, designing and evaluating practices of citizenship education. Also, since the University of Humanistic Studies is an university that teaches interdisciplinary, this module will have an interdisciplinary approach that not only includes educational theory, but also includes psychological elements like engagement and sociological variables such as social class, gender, religion and ethnicity. This year a guest lecture will be given by Prof. Filimon Peonides of Aristotle University Thessaloniki, who is a professor in moral and political philosophy.

You will not only learn about citizenship education and specifically about democracy and tolerance in educational policy and practice by reading articles and following lectures. As noted, this module will be practice-oriented and will therefore have a strong link with society. You will visit a pre-university secondary school and a vocational school in small groups. Here you get the change to observe classes in citizenship education and talk with teachers and pupils. 

Also, you will give a short presentation about your own country and its citizens to these pupils. The second visit will be made, also in small groups, to civil society organisations (NGO’s) like: Prodemos, Amnesty International, Anne Frank House, ‘Castle of Democracy’, and Humanist Ethical Association. You will talk with people at these organisations about their educational activities. You’ll exchange experiences from both visits with your own class back at The University of Humanistic Studies. Lastly, a non-Western perspective of the module will be included by Skype meetings with scholars outside Europe and the Western world (Latin America, Africa, Asia) about their theories and practices.


The central part of the module is a week full-time at the University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht: from Februari 18th until February 22nd 2019. The preparation and the paper can be done in Utrecht or at the home university (guidance will then be given by Skype meetings). The minimum ECTS for the module is 5, if your university requires another amount we can enlarge the students activities. All Master or PhD-students specialising in the field of education can participate in this module.


20 hoursPreparation: reading and making presentation
February 18 – February 2240 hoursOne week full-time in Utrecht
March – April80 hoursPaper (5 ECTS, can be max. 7,5 ECTS)


Three UvH-students can also join the Intensive Programme (IP) in Thessaloniki in March. Following this module is a prerequisite to join the IP. If more than three UvH-students are joining this module, there will be an application procedure to see whom will be joining the IP.


For more information, please contact:
Prof. Wiel Veugelers

Other teachers:
Isolde de Groot PhD 
Yvonne Leeman PhD
Prof. Gert Biesta