Participatory Global Citizenship: Civic Education Beyond Territoriality
Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics, Volume 3(1), 2015, pp. 26-44, ISSN 2329-4175
38 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2015
Date Written: February 15, 2015
There has been an emerging interest regarding the role of higher education as a promoter of civic education and public engagement. Amid this growing debate, the discussions have tended to remain within the scope of the nation-state. Drawing on the literature of civic engagement and citizenship, this article extends that discussion by positing universities as centers of cosmopolitanism and participatory global citizenship beyond state borders. This article argues that civic education must move past the traditional state-centric framework, and search for ways that might lead to meaningful integration of the idea of the global citizen. This article concludes by offering suggestions on how global civic education scholarship and institutional practices should proceed in ways that transcend the ossified Westphalian state ideal that has dominated the international system for centuries, and toward a new ideal grounded in global cosmopolitanism.
Keywords: civic education, global citizenship, higher education
JEL Classification: I23, H75
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