Παγκόσμια διάσταση στην εκπαίδευση για την ιδιότητα του πολίτη
The Master’s thesis discusses the concept of citizenship in the context of
globalization. It focuses on the need to promote the global dimension in education and
explores the reasons why education is necessary for the development of global
consciousness in general and in the Greek context, in particular.
It is argued that promoting the global dimension in education is timely and
necessary for the Greek state given the recent economic, political and social
developments, especially after the country’s recourse to the International Monetary
It can be said that the Greek economic and political crisis can be partly
attributed to the country's feeble international role and its failure to participate
effectively in the global affairs, as a prerequisite for the European unification, and to
adapt to the actual processes of global economic and cultural integration.
The reasons why it is necessary to update the concept of citizenship in order to
incorporate the global dimension, include first, both the outcomes and effects of
globalization, such as the existence of global issues, the globalization of citizenship,
the issue of sovereignty and the role of active political participation for the
preservation of democracy.
Secondly, the global dimension in education for citizenship is not sufficiently
emphasized in the curriculum in the Greek school. This lack is attributed to the nature
and character of Greek political culture as well as the ethnocentric character of Greek
Methodologically, the study is based on a literature review pertinent to the
concept of culture, Greek political culture, the debate regarding multiculturalism and
curriculum formation in school, education and pedagogy, political sociology,
international educational programs and finally, projects evolving around the global
dimension in education for citizenship. For the purpose of this study, Oxfam’s
Education for Global Citizenship A Guide for Schools was substantially consulted.
I conclude by stating that the updating of the concept of citizenship is both
appropriate and necessary because of the implications of globalization in general, but
also due to the impact of global economic integration in the Greek context, in
particular. Moreover, from the literature review, it follows that the global dimension
in education for citizenship is not sufficiently emphasized in the Greek school. This is
due to the dominant elements of Greek political culture and the ethnocentric character
of Greek educational system. These reasons simultaneously explain Greece's feeble
role in the international system.
It is estimated that the strengthening of the global dimension in education will
have a positive influence in the development of Greece’s international role in the
modern world and will affect the evolution of Greek political culture over time.