Module - Civic education

Operational Definition

„Citizenship competence is the ability to act as responsible citizens and to fully participate in civic and social life, based on understanding of social, economic, legal and political concepts and structures, as well as global developments and sustainability.“
(European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Key competences for lifelong learning, Publications Office, 2019)

Learning objectives in the area of civic education (also called „political education“) relate to topics that are relevant for mutual understanding and social cohesion. These include, for example: Civic education is about life itself, about reality, about the concrete life worlds of the learners. There is no "right" and no "wrong", but there is one non-negotiable orientation: human rights.

In summary, civic education should help to recognize connections in political events, to convey and strengthen tolerance and critical faculties, and thus to contribute to the formation and further development of active citizenship, social participation, and political involvement. Civic education shows differences in priorities. Wiel Veugelers in a presentation of a research paper European Parliament September 27, 2021 distinguishes between the following emphases:

Democratic emphasis
Education for citizenship is about acquiring the abilities and attitudes necessary to participate in political and civic life (on local, national, and global levels);

A social inclusion emphasis
About relating to others, in particular people with different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds;

A humanity sustainability emphasis
And about concern for sustainability of humanity, the planet, and of democracy.

In relation to these emphases civic education stresses the importance of:
  1. Politics and democracy
  2. Social participation and empowerment
  3. Care for a sustainable global society

Source: ▾