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World Citizens: Pathways for the Development of Eco-Citizenship in Higher Education

Version 1 : Received: 22 July 2018 / Approved: 25 July 2018 / Online: 25 July 2018 (12:45:08 CEST)

How to cite: Domon, H. World Citizens: Pathways for the Development of Eco-Citizenship in Higher Education. Preprints 2018, 2018070483 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0483.v1). Domon, H. World Citizens: Pathways for the Development of Eco-Citizenship in Higher Education. Preprints 2018, 2018070483 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0483.v1).

Abstract

It is time that universities reexamine what is meant by globalization. Contemporary researchers in science and the humanities (Critchley, Chomsky, Mumford, Ostrom, Eisenstein, Ferry, Orr, Shiva, Klein, Margulis, Meadows, Capra and Tolba, just to name a few) have aptly redefined the concept of « world » as a biological and cultural ecosystem. This paper seeks ways to integrate the theory and practice of eco-citizenship into various cross-disciplinary aspects of higher education, with a focus on curricular adjustments that may be steered by World Languages and Cultures programs. While "global citizenship" is still often understood today as a form of supranational citizenship that may find its actualization through the valuable, yet often arrested efforts of the United Nations, or as the individualistic result of a neoliberal economic emancipation of markets and capital throughout the world, this notion must rather be embedded within a radically cultural, natural and ethical bedrock from which a more potent world citizenry will stem. Departments of World Languages and Cultures and cultures are ideally positioned in the academic landscape to foster the development of a greater eco-civic and biospheric awareness that can permeate new curricular orientations of universities in the US and abroad.

Subject Areas

Humanities, World citizenship, World Languages, Higher Education, Peter Critchley, Eco-praxis, Ethics

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