Intercultural Education has been an issue of importance in Greek education since the 1990s. After the emergence of the economic crisis in 2009, as well as the dynamic appearance of an extreme-right extremist group in the political scene, it became evident that the very idea of intercultural education had to be reconsidered and linked to Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship in order to help fighting xenophobia, racism, chauvinism and euro-skepticism. The challenges presented to Greece and Europe by the recent refugee crisis, along with the necessity to uphold education viewed as a basic human right, to provide refugee children with equal educational opportunities and to develop inclusive schools and societies, also highlight the importance of linking Intercultural Education to Human Rights and Citizenship Education.
The course will shed light on the above issues following an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. It will take place in Spring Semester 2022 (March to June) and will include lectures from members of the faculty of the School of Philosophy and Education, as well as from other academic specialists. Apart from the lectures, students will also have the opportunity to take part in field visits and activities, in cooperation with civil society organizations. The course is open, among others, to all interested incoming Erasmus MA students or PhD Candidates, who are spending a semester at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The course has been developed in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme ‘Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship+’ (EDIC+) (https://www.uvh.nl/edic), which is a collaboration of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/School of Philosophy and Education with the Universities of Barcelona, Bath Spa, Helsinki, Tallinn, Charles University Prague and the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (coordinating institute).
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