Course code= URCC 5110

Credit Hours: 3 (1+2)


The overall objectives of this course are to:

  1. Teach students the importance and role of active citizenship in promoting a productive
    harmonious and developed society
  2. Educate students about the importance of concepts, skills and philosophy of community
    linkages in developing a sustainable society
  3. Inculcate the importance of community involvement for ensuring an improved, tolerant
    and generative society/ world
  4. Provide an opportunity to the students to develop their relationship with the community


The primary outcome is inclusive development through active citizenship locally and globally.

Moreover, the following are the detailed outcomes of the course based on the three domains of Bloom's Taxonomy i.e Affective, Psychomotor and Cognitive.

The students will be able to:

  1. Understand the overall organization of the society
  2. Recognize and exercise their rights, responsibilities and the significance of active
    citizenship in positive societal development.
  3. Identify and critically evaluate social issues and implement practicable community based
  4. Understand the concept of human rights and its significance.
  5. Appreciate diverse viewpoints and inter-cultural harmony.


  1. Introduction to Citizenship Education and Community Engagement
  1. Orientation (Course outline, learning outcomes etc.)
  2. Introduction to Active Citizenship: Overview of the Ideas, Concepts, Philosophy and Skills
  3. Approaches and Methodology for Active Citizenship
  1. Identity, Culture, and Social Harmony
    1. Concept and Development of Identity
    2. Components of Culture and Social Harmony
    3. Cultural & Religious Diversity (Understanding and affirmation of similarities &differences)
    4. Social structures and social hierarchy stake holders: decision makers implementers and
  2. Multi-cultural society and inter-cultural dialogue
    1. Inter-cultural dialogue (bridging the differences, promoting
    2. Significance of diversity and its impact
    3. Importance and domains of inter-cultural dialogue
    4. Role of civil society in promoting inter-culturalharmony
  3. Active Citizen: Locally Active, Globally Connected
    1. Importance of active citizenship at national and global level
    2. Understanding community
    3. Identification of resources (human, natural and others)
    4. Utilization of resources for development (community participation)
      strategy planning for development (community linkages and mobilization)
  4. Human rights, constitutionalism and citizens' responsibilities
    1. Introduction to Human Rights
    2. Universalism vs relativism
    3. Human rights in constitution of Pakistan
    4. Public duties and responsibilities
    5. Constitutionalism and democratic process
    6. Current Human Rights issues in Pakistan
  5. Social issues in Pakistan
    1. Introduction to the concept of social problem
    2. Causes and solutions: critical thinking and evaluation
    3. Social issues in Pakistan (poverty, equal and equitable access of resources, unemployment, agricultural problems, terrorism & militancy, governance issues, corruption, ethnic &sectarian issues, illiteracy, dowry, child labor, gender discrimination, substance abuse andothers)
  6. Social Action Project
    1. Introduction and planning of social action project
    2. identification of problem (area mapping)
    3. Ethical considerations related to project
    4. Assessment of existing resources (material and non-material)
    5. Community-based project planning and action groups building
    6. Implementation (role division among action groups)
    7. Monitoring and evaluation (impact assessment/value enhancement)
  7. Environmental issues
    1. Cleanliness of environment
    2. Plantation of trees
    3. Biodiversity conservation
  8. Practicum
    1. List and number of practical activities/projects/field visits etc.)
    2. One field social action project
  9. Teaching methods (propose more than one method according to the nature and scope of the course)
    1. Lecturing
    2. Assignments
    3. Guest Speaker
    4. Field Visits
    5. Report Writing


  1. Anne Karin Larsen, Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives
    (Vishanthie Sewpaul, Grete Oline Hole, 2013)
  2. Alan Twelvetrees, Community Work (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
  3. British Council, Active Citizen's Social Action Projects Guide (Scotland: British Council,
  4. Cathryn Berger Kaye, The Complete Guide o Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to
    Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action
    (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 2004)
  5. Kery Rennedy, Citizenship Education and The Modern Stale London: Routledge Falmer,
  6. The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Pakistan: The National Assembly of
    Pakistan, 2012), also available online at the official website of National Assembly of
  7. Ian Brownlic. Guy S Goodwin-Gi BrovnliOxford University Press, 2010)
  8. John J. Macionis, Linda Marie Gerber, Sociology (New York: Pears on Education, 2010)
  9. Kery J. Kennedy, Andreas Brunold (ed.), Regional Contexts and Citizenship Education in Asiaand Europe New York: Routledge Falmer, 2016)
  10. Paul Clarke, Jenny Wales, Learning Citizenship: Practical Teaching and Strategies for
    Secondary Schools (New York: Routledge Falmer, 2005)


Students will be divided into groups and projects will be assigned based on the social issues.


  • Assessment (Formative/Summative)
  • Mid Term (40%)
    Final Term (60%)

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