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Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Resource facts

  • 11 to 30 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • English, Shqip

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Nurturing active citizenship 1 - (Short Version - Part 1)(Resource ID: 389)

The teaching resource outline Active citizenship - (Short Version - Part 1, 2 and 3) describes the draft of a teaching resource consisting of 3 parts, that has been generated to make students aware of the role active citizens have played in forming the society we know today. This teaching resources provides students with some examples of famous active citizens, views from public representatives and encourages them to look at the part they could play in changing policies and improving society. These teaching resources will incorporate but are not limited to the following methods: • Mental Map • Presentation • Case Study Teaching • Researching • Fieldwork Visit • Discussion The teaching set describes three independent teaching resources, which are designed to be completed one after another these include: 1. Mental Map – What is active citizenship? And a presentation from stakeholders 2. Case Study Teaching – Examples of active citizenship around the world 3. World Café – How do we decide who to reward? And an Award Presentation Active citizenship - (Short Version - Part 1, 2 and 3) is based (and slightly modified) on the Teaching Resource, “Nurturing active citizenship among youth in Kosovo: Can young people help Kosovo address social and economic issues?”. The original teaching resource was divided into 3 parts to make the resources accessible and allow them to be integrated at different points in the lectures, introducing innovative teaching methods and thus enhancing the overall learning experience for students.

Part 1 – Mental Map – What is active citizenship? And a presentation from stakeholders

The lesson will begin with the students working individually creating a mental map of their idea of active citizenship and what they can do to encourage young people to take part in active citizenship. They will then work in groups of 5 (or multiples of 5 depending on the size of the class) comparing their mental maps with one another. Afterwards, local NGO’s and public representatives will present their experiences of active citizenship to the class and give examples of policies that have been changed because of the work of local active citizens. The students will then have a discussion with the NGO’s and public representatives about changes they as a class group would like to see changed.


Main Text:

Active citizenship among young people is the best way to promote social and economic change in transitional societies. Three important ways in which young people can contribute to social and economic change include: self-development, interaction and social actions. The first step to nurturing active citizenship among young people is to identify barriers to youth participation starting at home, school, community and institutions. Through presentations and a field work visit with local governmental institutions, students will be able comprehend first hand, how the relationship between citizens and the government is built.


Students will get the opportunity to look at famous examples of active citizens, as well as local citizens who have made dramatic changes to policies and the way in which we look at society today. The aim of this teaching resource is to promote the idea of active citizenship and reward those who have been active participants in society, with the hope of encouraging the students and young people to think about their own responsibility in society.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
NGOs and public representatives are involved as active partners in the lecture, they will present their ideas of active citizenship and experiences they have had with active citizens. The students will benefit from this, as they will get different perspectives of active citizenship, and could possibly begin to look at their own responsibility as active citizens.
• Mutual learning for students, local government representatives and local community representatives
• Students think about their own opportunities and responsibility in the context of active citizenship
• Related to the local challenges/needs of the community
• Local government representatives may not be willing to cooperate and may not take students’ proposals seriously
Learning Outcomes
• Create a mental map of active citizenship
• Compare and contrast mental maps with other members of the group
• Listen to the presentation from the stakeholder
• Ask one key question to the stakeholder about active citizenship
Relevance for Sustainability
To create collaborations between students, NGOs and local government representatives which will help students gain knowledge and understand the effect of active citizenship on the policy making process and participate in global change.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Preparation Efforts Description
Arranging for the NGOs and local public representatives to visit the university
Submission of a project on a famous or local active citizen and why they deserve to win a citizenship award.
Credit/Certification Description
Credit for the submission of a project on a famous or local active citizen and why they deserve to win a citizenship award.
Sources and Links

Original Teaching Resource - http://sustainicum.at/en/modules/view/294



Funded by
This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Samantha Prior
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UL - University of Limerick
University of Limerick


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