This global education online learning course is designed for educators and social transformers, thinkers and researchers, youth activists, civil society practitioners, social innovators and social entrepreneurs, new media journalists, as well as policy makers and civil servants. 

Please be aware that the course promoted on this website is an online learning course and does not involve any travelling. However, in order to participate, you need to have regular access to the Internet.

The course has been designed to complement the Global Education Guidelines, a pedagogical tool for educators and policy makers to understand and implement Global Education, and share with a wider audience concepts and approaches promoted by the North-South Centre’s Global Education programme.

This third online learning course, under the title "Global Education - The Citizenship Dimension", is designed to inspire and strengthen democratic citizenship aiming at transformation towards social justice and sustainability in a globalised world.

Aim of the course

To inspire and strengthen democratic citizenship aiming at transformation towards social justice and sustainability in a globalised world.

Objectives of the course

  • To offer a collaborative space for reflection on, co-design of, and action towards citizenship locally and globally;
  • To review the existing concepts related to citizenship, civic engagement and participation in the context of global education;
  • To question the existing policy approaches to citizenship education in a globalised world;
  • To co-create new ways and approaches to citizenship and reflect on how to scale-up the pertinent ones;
  • To identify the competences needed and possible paths to develop impactful context-based citizenship leading to social justice and sustainability;
  • To connect thinkers, practitioners, innovators and other relevant actors in the field; 
  • To strengthen support mechanisms for increased impact.

For whom?

The course is targeted at people working on issues related to democratic citizenship aiming at transformation towards social justice and sustainability in a globalised world.  The course also welcomes students with a special interest in the topic.

Please note that all participants should:

  • Be in command of the English language;
  • Be able to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week (every week) on course work;
  • Have basic ICT skills and internet access.  

By whom?

The course has been developed in partnership between the North South Centre (NSC) and The Network University.

North-South Centre's mandate is to provide a framework for North-South co-operation to increase public awareness of global interdependence issues and promote policies of solidarity in conformity with the aims and principles of the Council of Europe: respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The Network University (TNU) facilitates innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.


The North South Centre will provide scholarships of 400 euro, corresponding to the course value. The scholarships will be granted to selected applications on the basis of quality of the application and will cover the participation fee.

For more information please go to the application page .


New dates for this course will be announced shortly.

For more information please go to the application page.

In partnership with:

The Network
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