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Global Citizenship Education in Post-Secondary Institutions

Theories, Practices, Policies- Foreword by Indira V. Samarasekera

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Lynette Shultz, Ali A. Abdi and George H. Richardson

Drawing on critical pedagogy, post-colonial analysis, hermeneutic interpretation, and reconceptualist curriculum frameworks, the twenty chapters in this edited collection address, from interrelated perspectives, a gap in the scholarly literature on the theory, practice, and policy of global citizenship and global citizenship education. The book provides readers with analyses and interpretations of the existing state of global citizenship education in post-secondary institutions, and stimulates discussion about the field at a time when there is an intense debate about the current drive to «internationalize» tertiary education and the role global citizenship education should play in that process. International and interdisciplinary in its examination of post-secondary global citizenship education, the book will be useful in courses that focus on policy formation, curriculum development and theorizing in the field.

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10. Parallaxes and Paradoxes of Global Citizenship: Critical Reflections and Possibilities of Praxis in/through an International Online Course Dalene Swanson 120

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CHAPTER 10 Parallaxes and Paradoxes of Global Citizenship: Critical Reflections and Possibilities of Praxis in/through an International Online Course Dalene Swanson An ecopedagogy can only achieve the goal of creating a planetary consciousness (and thus a planetary citizen) as each individual undertakes “the grand journey… in his interior universe and in the universe that surrounds him” (Gadotti, 2000, p. 8) Global Citizenship: Perspectives, Politics, and Possibilities “Global citizenship” has become a popular term in recent times. Often its deployment is intended to evoke the full ambit of intersectionalities of the global justices. An in- terest in the concept and its rationalization in the contemporary era are marked by a response to global ecological and economic crises in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world. It also comports with a moral liberal response to new place- based formations of gender, race, ethnicity, and class inequalities globally in complex arrangement with increasing politically invested ideologico-religious polarizations; persistent and pernicious levels of poverty, global violence and human degradation; the rise of new forms of nationalism and differentiated capitalist formations geopoliti- cally (as in the case of the U.S. versus China); and a concomitant rise in cosmopolitan- ism and new integrations (as exemplified by the inception of the European Union). It is also associated with a resurgence of humanism and humanitarianism, and it can be said to be caught up, at least partially, in the globalization project of neo-liberal spread and capitalist imperialism. Concomitantly, global citizenship offers imperatives, even if often contradictory, for resistance to...

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