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Graduate Attributes in Action

Active Citizenship

What is Active Citizenship?

Active Citizenship is defined in the Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience 2 as: 

Students prepared to proactively engage with both local and global communities. Knowledge of the local and global perspectives of one’s discipline.  Critical awareness of the complexity of diverse perspectives, cultures and values and the ability to question one’s own perspective and those of others. Ability to use knowledge and skills to improve society through actively engaging with issues of equity, sustainability and social justice.


The description is currently generic, so to become meaningful to students, it needs to be interpreted in relation to disciplinary practices and assessment demands. During the graduate attributes mapping process undertaken in 2011/12, programme teams took the opportunity to articulate each of the graduate attributes within the context of their discipline. Go to “Graduate Attributes in the Disciplines".

Case Studies

As well as the case studies below, you can also browse examples tagged 'global citizenship' within the Brookes Teaching Practices website.

How can students gain cultural awareness and digital literacy through writing 'internationalised' software?

Graduate Attribute: Active Citizenship
School of Technology
Contact: David Lightfoot
Date Added: May, 2011

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How Global Citizenship might be promoted through observation of hunter-gatherer ecology and by enabling a sensitivity and appreciation of different cultures

Graduate Attribute: Active Citizenship
Department: Anthropology
Contact: Nancy Priston
Date Added: May, 2011

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Can students' exposure to the historical past develop their critical understanding of contemporary green issues?

Graduate Attribute: Active Citizenship
Department: English & Modern Languages
Contact: Simon Kövesi
Date Added: May, 2011

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How can we improve students' digital and information literacy in the context of the development of intercultural communication skills, as more businesses go global?

Graduate Attribute: Digital and Information Literacy & Global Citizenship
Department: Management and Organisational Studies
Contact: Debbie Witney
Date Added: May, 2011

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How can I explore Active Citizenship within my modules?

The HEA has lots to offer, see: resources

  • Leeds Met University has produced a useful set of tips on teaching.
  • De Montfort University has a great student experience scheme
  • Warwick University has a global people initiative.
  • Southampton University has advice for students.
  • The Oxford Brookes Sustainability team offer support on education for sustainable development
  • OCSLD offers curriccula development support. Contact Mary Deane 
  • The Centre for Curriculum Internationalisation CCI  supports research and resource development linked to Global Citizenship.

OCSLD offers short online courses which are free to Brookes staff on:

Consult some papers on internationalisation of the curriculum!

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