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Master's Degree in Citizenship and Values Education

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Citizenship and Values Education

Program description

Master's Degree in Citizenship and Values Education

Given the educational challenges involved in building new projects for peaceful coexistence in the context of the global crisis, education in values and citizenship is increasingly important if we are to learn to live together in multicultural, interlinked global societies.

The financial crisis has raised questions about social cohesion and the fundamental values of citizenship in democratic societies. Globalization and social networks also pose new challenges for the shaping of identities, as digital identity now coexists with personal and social identities more deeply rooted in places and cultures.

Whether our focus is microscopic, detecting widespread concern over a crisis of values, or we take a more macroscopic view, we are addressing an age-old issue in the history of human interaction that calls for urgent attention through social and educational research and through the efforts of education professionals. The increasing complexity and diversity of contemporary society requires a social model of integration that can ensure the prevalence of a shared public culture founded on pluralism, as the cornerstone of a social, political and cultural project that acknowledges difference.

This master's degree therefore aims to meet the challenges of today's society by providing students with the tools to shape progress towards universal social responsibility.

The program is also available in Catalan.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

In this program, students will:

  • Acquire a theoretical and practical perspective on values education and the practice of citizenship in multicultural societies, and learn how to incorporate this educational task into relevant professional areas: formal, informal and non-formal education; administration; the service sector; the media, and foundations and bodies that operate programs in areas related to the scientific field in this master's degree.
  • Learn to plan, design, apply and evaluate projects in citizenship and values education appropriate to various areas of intervention: regional educational projects; educational plans at the local level; programs of social inclusion and attention for immigrants; evaluation of audiovisual programs and games aimed at young children and adolescents; preparation of school texts and materials in a variety of media; programs to promote civic-mindedness, health, environmental education and education on consumption.
  • Learn to identify social needs, the theoretical perspectives and methodological tools required for research, and to apply and transfer the results, which is a particularly significant objective for students interested in pursuing research.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.

Continuing studies

The Master's Degree in Values Education and Education in Active Citizenship is connected to the doctoral program in Education and Society of the Faculty of Education.

Career opportunities

An education in values and for the development of active citizenship is a core interest and important task for all professionals involved in education. It is also central to those involved in non-regulated forms of education, but who are also educating others in values and training active citizens.

The master's degree offers tools required to progress in this social endeavour. Besides, it complements any academic profile with a set of competences for professional education and service for citizens, and is the starting point in research training for students interested in writing a doctoral thesis.

About this institute

Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

Contact info

Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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