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11 February, 2005

University develops online citizenship teaching

The University of Southampton has been granted 250,000 to devise interactive ways of teaching citizenship to its students.

A consortium led by the university will develop on-line activities to encourage citizenship among university politics students.

The three-year programme will include activities on political literacy, community action and civic responsibility.

"We want to devise relevant and challenging material that teachers and tutors can access on-line", said Dr Graham Smith, Project Director at Southampton.

"For example, activities will investigate how over time different types of people have been excluded from citizenship or examine students' civic awareness and how they can participate in university affairs."

Building on the experience of National Curriculum citizenship in schools, the online material is intended to complement existing modes of teaching.

The grant, from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), has been awarded to the Universities of Southampton, Keele and Liverpool John Moores.


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