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M2-EDU2: Moral and citizenship education - Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship (EDIC) (19-20)

Course Moral and citizenship education - Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship (EDIC) 

Dutch title

Morele- en burgerschapseducatie 




Professional Skills

Year of Study

Master, 2nd year




7,5 ECTS


Dr. Elena Kuusisto

(Intended) teaching staff

Moral education: Dr. Elina Kuusisto, Dr. Wouter Sanderse

Citizenship education: Prof. dr. Gert Biesta, Dr. Isolde de Groot, Dr. Bram Eidhof

Learning objectivesAfter the successful completion of this course:
  1. students know and understand the theoretical and critical aspects of moral and citizenship education and Bildung (Final attaiment level: 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 (Final attaiment level: 1)
  3. students can identify and establish links between theoretical perspectives and concrete educational practices in creating a contextualized educational design for moral or citizenship education (Final attaiment level: 2, 3, 4 )
  4. students are able to create an educational design, implement and reflect critically on it (Final attaiment level: 2, 3, 4)
  5. students are able to articulate, substantiate and apply the personal professional connection with goals of moral education and citizenship education in a professional practice (Final attaiment level: 2, 3, 4, 5).

Content description

This course examines various theoretical perspectives on moral and citizenship education, with particular attention for the political and practical contexts in which moral and citizenship education takes place. The core aim of the module is to connect theory and practice in relation to moral and civic education activities in mainstream education, in various forms of youth and adult education, and in the context of educating professionals: teachers, (teacher) trainers, (spiritual) counselors and educational advisers. The course discusses the complexity of moral and citizenship education and of training of teachers in this subject in contemporary neo-liberal, pluralistic society.


The course consist of interactive lectures, seminars  and self-study. The interactive lectures aim to transfer and expand knowledge and insight. The lecturer will offer brief summaries of the literature and will explain the choice of literature with reference to the goals of the study component. In addition, there are interactive moments consisting of collaborative assignments or the presentation of the results of self-study, after which plenary reflection takes place. During the seminars, students perform practical exercises and design and present an educational activity, and will also meet practitioners.


The final assignment is an individual written paper consisting of a literature-based reflection on moral and citizenship education in a pluralistic society to justify the educational design created during seminars.  

The written paper is evaluated with a grade. The educational design is evaluated with a pass/fail.

Literature and sources

Required reading: 

  • to be announced 

Recommended reading: 

  • to be announced