International Perspectives in Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability
Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open
This programme is a unique collaborative initiative of PRIA and Development Research Center (DRC), a research consortium based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex. Resource material in the form of readings and cases have been gleaned from the writings and papers of DRC research partners from various countries as Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa and UK, whilst working on the Citizenship Teaching and Learning Project (CTLP).
The course explores a range of conceptual and practical issues faced by practitioners, adult educators, researchers, resource providers and policy makers in strengthening citizenship, democracy and accountability. The design of the course is such that it facilitates a critical analysis of different debates and perspectives on the themes of citizenship in the context of governance and democracy and encourages discussion on these themes, from the perspective of learners, drawn from different countries and contexts.
Set against a backdrop of international exemplars it brings to the fore the challenges and struggles of poor and marginalised citizens from countries across the world, in seeking their identity and their rights.
- This innovative course is one of its kind, at the national, regional and international levels, offered in a distance education mode.
- The course which is a collaborative initiative of PRIA, CTLP, DRC (anchored in IDS),has effectively captured insights developed from the perspective of both researchers and practitioners.
- This programme introduces practice and theory of citizenship, democracy and accountability from the international perspective.
- The course material is designed and developed to meet the special requirements of distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
- Moodle the preferred web- based platform of educational institutions across the world is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
- Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
- PRIA and UVic jointly award certification for this course.
This programme will be of special significance to those who are currently engaged in or interested in learning about international debates and practices of citizenship, democracy and accountability. It is especially designed for individuals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds; practitioners from CSO's; government officials; staff of bilateral and multilateral institutions; policy makers, as well as academia located in countries of both North and South regions.
On completion of the course, the learner would be enabled to:
- Strengthen their critical understanding on the concepts of citizenship, democracy and accountability
- Reinforce their understanding on approaches for strengthening inclusive citizenship, participatory and accountable governance
- Be familiar with international exemplars on the themes.
To strengthen the understanding of the learner on issues relating to citizenship and accountable governance.It focuses upon the concept of promoting inclusive citizenship from the perspective of the poor and the marginalized.
- 6 units of study
- Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
- 2–3 videos for the course
- Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
- Additional readings per unit
Unit 1: Citizenship: The State and the Citizen
Unit 2: Claiming Citizenship: Influences, Powers and Practices
Unit 3: Participatory Democracy and Governance
Unit 4: Practical Applications of Participatory Democracy and Governance
Unit 5: Accountability
Unit 6: Issues and Challenges for Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability in a Globalised World