International Perspectives on Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability
Instructor: Martha Farrell & Mandakini Pant
International Perspectives on Citizenship, Democracy and Accountability is a distance learning Post Graduate Diploma, provided by PRIA in New Delhi.
The course aims to help students:
To understand different concepts and approaches to rights and citizenship; participatory democracy and governance; and accountability and transparency.
To appreciate broader context of institutions as state, market and civil society in influencing the practice of citizenship;
To develop knowledge of various strategies to strengthen inclusive and participatory citizenship; and
To acquire skills to intervene effectively in the democratic processes, and also facilitate the marginalised citizens to become the agents of social action and social change.
The students come from around the globe, but most are adult learners who are practitioners, development professionals and new actors wanting to make a career in the arena of development.
The course is an on-line distance learning diploma. It consists of three courses (see above), each with six units, and each unit lasts four weeks (two weeks for reading and on-line discussion and two weeks to write and submit the assignment and also interact with the guest faculty.
The students came from diverse countries and contexts and this proved challenging but also enriching to teach. There has been a tendency in the web-based courses toward didactic exchanges with the instructors. The students want to learn from the instructors' expertise and are reluctant to pursue extended conversations among themselves.