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Global Citizenship in Teaching and Learning

See also: Living Lab and Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Understanding.

Many students asked: “Who will teach global citizenship?” They emphasized that if the goal is to have students become global citizens, professors must be global citizens too.”

- Global Citizenship Project, UBC, 2004

Universities have a pivotal role to play in educating tomorrow’s global citizens and in contributing to the healthy functioning of societies and the world community. Increasingly, university educators recognize that their obligation to students stretches beyond the traditional scope of the academic discipline. Since 1998, the concept of ‘global citizenship’ has been part of UBC’s vision and mission, and the Vision of The UBC Plan announced in December 2009 addressed UBC’s renewed commitment to global citizenship as follows:

As one of the world’s leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world. -

A variety of administrative units and departments at UBC have taken up the challenge of grappling with this vision. How does a large, decentralized institution with many stakeholders and interests operationalize a university’s civic vision? The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is one of the units that have tackled the mission head on. We offer a variety of programs, workshops, consultations, and resources to assist the UBC teaching community in meeting our goals of fostering global citizenship.

Road to Global Citizenship: An Educator’s Toolbook

Online version | PDF version

  • Recommended: The online version is more up-to-date than the PDF version, and it is interactive allowing you to post your reflections for others to learn from, and you can comment on the reflections of others.

Road to Global Citizenship: An Educator’s Toolbook is a comprehensive pedagogical resource that helps educators of any academic discipline move from aspiration to action to teach in ways that foster global citizenship. It covers eight topics ranging from the working definition of global citizenship to the assessment of teaching and learning. Through reflection exercises, teaching activities, and real teaching stories by educators at UBC, the toolbook invites educators to actively and critically engage with engraining global citizenship in the core of their teaching environment.

Who will benefit from the toolbook?

The goal is to sharpen your ability to look at your teaching and your students’ learning through a lens of global citizenship. The toolbook is designed to be an easy-to-use, hands-on resource that you can apply to suit your needs, whether…

  • you are teaching a lesson, a course or a program
  • you are a novice teacher or a seasoned educator
  • you have full responsibility for a curriculum or you are working within pre-defined constraints
  • you have been thinking about global citizenship, sustainability, equity, conflict resolution, social responsibility and justice for years or you are just starting out on this path

What will I find in the toolbook?

  • A self-reflective approach to understanding and applying concepts in each chapter
  • Information presented succinctly and clearly so that it is easy to read and easily applicable
  • Exercises to help you find your own answers
  • A plethora of examples of how other educators foster global citizenship
  • An opportunity for you to contribute your own examples and teaching stories through comments
  • Creative ways to incorporate elements of global citizenship education into your curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Information that might challenge and question the teaching methods you currently use
  • Self-reflective exercises that will help you think critically about what and how you teach

Programs and Workshops

We offer a variety of programs and seminars to support the UBC teaching community enhance their teaching with global citizenship. Those programs and seminars serve you not only as learning opportunities but also as networking opportunities to meet and share ideas with colleagues who are interested in global citizenship teaching and learning.

To see upcoming Global Citizenship events hosted by CTLT, please go to:

To keep you posted with upcoming events, please go to Stay Connected and Contact Us.

Global Citizenship Faculty Cohort Program

We offered a program called the Global Citizenship Faculty Cohort Program in the academic year 2009-2010, and there is a possibility that the program will be offered again in the near future.

It is a year-long program involving intensive workshop sessions, follow-up sessions throughout an academic year to support the UBC teaching community members engage in a teaching enhancement project to build or bolster global citizenship learning in a course, program or educational resource and to investigate the impacts of the teaching enhancement.


To find a current list of the resources on teaching for and about global citizenship, please go to:

Community of Practice

A great way to keep yourself posted with upcoming events and new resources related to global citizenship is to join the Global Citizenship in Teaching and Learning Community of Practice. In the Community of Practice, members:

  • Learn about professional development opportunities
  • Create community with colleagues who share your interests
  • Talk about social justice and ecological sustainability in the curriculum and classroom
  • Become inspired to incorporate new ideas in your teaching

The Global Citizenship in Teaching and Learning Community of Practice is currently dormant. The Global Lounge may be able to co-host the community of practice. To add yourself to the list to be notified of updates on this Community of Practice, or if you would like to co-host this community, contact the CTLT Community of Practice Developer.

In the meantime, please explore the Global Citizenship Toolbook. If you have any questions or anything that you would like to discuss regarding global citizenship, you can contact Woo Kim, Student Development Officer for the Global Lounge, or kele fleming at CTLT.