Citizenship and history

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In a complex, disturbing and rapidly changing contemporary world, characterised by violence, mass migration, displacement and identity politics what role can the study of history play in creating citizens who can navigate responsible and responsive personal and professional futures? Utilising surveys conducted among students and graduates of Modern History at Macquarie University, Sydney, this chapter will explore the connection between citizenship and historical literacy. In particular, it asks how, in what context and whether history graduates end up agentic, empathetic and socially responsible members of society. It will consider whether the discipline acts as an agent for social change and social justice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching history for the contemporary world
Subtitle of host publicationtensions, challenges and classroom experience in higher education
EditorsAdele Nye, Jennifer Clark
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811602474
ISBN (Print)9789811602467
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • citizenship
  • historical
  • literacy
  • students


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