Geneva, Switzerland

Global Citizenship Education

when 30 May 2022 - 3 June 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee CHF 1000

UNESCO defines global citizenship as a “sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity”. Global citizenship education, in this context, concerns learning to recognize and respect multiple levels of identity and collective identity that transcend individual cultural, religious, ethnic and other differences. The strength of Global Citizenship Education comes from the fact that it takes a long-term, root cause approach to the social problems we are experiencing today. This is why this concept has been integrated into the Education-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, this notion has been criticized for its conceptual fuzziness and for embodying Western, privileged perspectives.

The program is designed for Master/PhD students, advanced researchers, and practitioners interested in thinking more critically about issues of Global Citizenship Education and global competencies.

The program will prepare participants for research and action and will include meetings and discussions with professionals from a wide range of academic institutions and international organizations in Geneva and internationally. The program will promote interdisciplinary cooperation both in research and in teaching and will bring together scholars, experts and students from around the world.

With its strong emphasis on theory, research and practice, the program will serve as an excellent preparation for professionals interested in further research or careers in international education.

Upon successful completion of the program, 3 ECTS credits and a Certificate will be provided.

Course leader

Abdeljalil Akkari
Director of the Department of Education Sciences
University of Geneva

Target group

Taught in English, the program is open to 20 – 25 highly qualified participants in the field of education studies, psychology, public policy, government affairs, or international relations.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, psychology, social sciences or a related discipline. Motivated candidates without a bachelor’s degree may also apply.

Course aim

- Understand the history and theoretical foundations of Global Citizenship Education;
- Develop the ability to create institutional projects in the area of Global Citizenship;
- Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to set up research projects on Global Citizenship;
- Prepare for a critical analysis of pedagogical projects in international, national and local contexts aiming to promote Global Citizenship Education.

Credits info

3 EC
Assessments are based on active participation and an assignment carried out during the two days. Upon successful completion of the course, participants are evaluated based on a group presentation on the last days of the two-weeks summer school (equivalence of 4 ECTS). Students wanting to acquire 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written within a week after the end of the summer school.

Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 1000: Professionals fee
CHF 800: External Student fee