Active Citizenship in University Education: Lessons Learnt in Times of Crisis

  • Yiouli Papadiamantaki University of the Peloponnese Korinthos Greece


Despite the fact that historically the university has been the par excellence locus for the discussion of public issues and the formation of citizens, current European Union education policies promote and foster citizenship in secondary education, while the civic dimension of higher education is less prominent. This paper presents the case study of a small peripheral Greek university, which provides for the teaching of citizenship, through a dedicated taught module.  According to the analysis a strategy of exposure to current problems, heightened due to the crisis in Greece, has affected students’ behaviour and their understanding of the concept of “active citizenship” as promoted by European Union policy. Finally implications are drawn for the prospect of promoting active citizenship through university education.

Author Biography

Yiouli Papadiamantaki, University of the Peloponnese Korinthos Greece

Yiouli Papadiamantaki is Assistant Professor, at the Department of Social and Education Policy at the University of the Peloopnnese. She has studied sociology and education policy at Panteion Univesity - Greece and the London School of Economics, UK  Her current research interests include EU policies in higher education,governance of higher education systems and citizenship.