Youth Agency: Raising Awareness of 21st Century Global Citizenship in Higher Education


The world has become a place where individuals are expected to acquire certain skills and competencies to keep up with the speed and nature of changing circumstances and adopt conscious and responsible attitudes to become an active part of change. Being an agent of change in the 21st century, a time characterised by environmental and economic havoc, entails a new understanding of citizenship. An increasing number of university courses are being designed to make the young generation more aware of their potential to become civically engaged in social matters. This study employs a qualitative case study which explores changing perspectives of undergraduate students on global citizenship and how they define their role as agents of social change and progress. The authors draw attention to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to demonstrate how the notion of youth agency is redefined through educational practices and new approaches to learning in higher education. Introducing undergraduate students to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) and encouraging them to lead discussions and propose solutions about the existent problems of their country are among the main objectives of the course. The fundamental value of global citizenship becomes more clear when its role in redefining youth agency is considered.

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Nilufer Ulker, Istanbul Technical University, Turkiye
Yasemin Yilmaz Yuksek, Istanbul Technical University, Turkiye
Ozlem Ayar Gemalmaz, Istanbul Technical University, Turkiye

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Higher education

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Ulker N., Yuksek Y., & Gemalmaz O. (2022) Youth Agency: Raising Awareness of 21st Century Global Citizenship in Higher Education ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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