The Newsletter of the Network
Issue 33: January-February 2003


5th Cice Conference in Braga

Year 2 Working Groups

CiCe to include action on Tuning project

Framework 6 research possibilities for CiCe

European MA in Citizenship Education

Conference 2004 relocated

Over 75 papers to be presented at CiCe's fifth conference in Braga

The Conference Scientific Committee has accepted almost 75 papers for presentation at the next Conference, on May 8th - 10th 2003 at the University of Minho, Portugal. These papers will be available to CiCe members and Conference delegates on the web (through the Livelink site) for three weeks before the conference starts. This is a record number of papers, and will mean that over the past five years we will have had over 250 conference papers presented.

Our opening speakers on the afternoon of Thursday 8th will include Roberto Carneiro, former Portuguese Minister of Education, Márta Fülöp, Szechenyi Professor at the University of Szeged, and Ettore Deodato, Erasmus Officer for Thematic Networks.

On Friday 9th there will opportunities for CiCe members to hear of the progress made by the six current working groups, and to make suggestions and comments on their ideas and proposals. There will also be short presentations on the MA development, and space to help design and plan the work of the three new groups due to start work in May at Braga. We are anxious to have as many new delegates as possible at the Conference, particularly from institutions outside the CiCe Network. The conference fee is only 250 euros- which includes pre-conference access to all presented papers, attendance and meals during the conference, and the conference publication (which will be either book or CD ROM). It would be very helpful if all CiCe members could circulate details of the conference and booking to colleagues, to help push up the attendance figures. We make a small surplus on each fee-paying person attending the conference (apart from CiCe members), and because of the budget cuts we have had for this year, we do need to generate the additional income!

The conference starts at 16.00 on Thursday the 8th May, and ends with the Conference Dinner on the evening of Saturday 10th May. The University of Minho is in Braga, northern Portugal, and there will be free transfers at certain times on 8th and 11th between Braga and Oporto Airport.

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Year 2 Working Groups - volunteers needed

Five NEW working groups are scheduled to begin work in the academic year 2003-4, and we still have spaces on all of them for volunteers. (If you have already volunteered for one of these groups, we have you on the list so you do not need to do so again unless you want to withdraw or change group.) The decisions will be made by the Steering Group in Braga.

Group members are expected to attend all scheduled group meetings, some of which are for each group on its own, and some are meetings of all the groups active at the time (one of which will be before our annual Conference, and all group members will additionally have their Conference Fee and subsistence for the Conference paid as a 'thank you' for all their hard work!). Travel costs to and from all meetings, and subsistence up to the allowed rates for accommodation, meals and local travel, are paid to all Group members.

We would especially welcome volunteers from institutions and indeed countries who are not involved in current groups - we want to be as inclusive of our membership as possible. Countries not currently represented are Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Spain and Romania. This does NOT mean that no-one else need apply - if you have an interest and the expertise to make a contribution, do let us know!

Following is the list of groups in question:

10. Guidelines on practice, quality and delivery for undergraduates and pre-service courses (October 2003-March 2005: 4 members, 4 meetings including an all-Groups Seminar in Frankfurt in October 2003 and the Conference in Krakow in May 2004)

11. Guidelines on practice, quality and delivery for postgraduate courses (October 2003-March 2005: 4 members, 4 meetings including an all-Groups Seminar in Frankfurt in October 2003 and the Conference in Krakow in May 2004)

12. Guidelines on practice, quality and delivery for research degree courses (October 2003-March 2005: 4 members, 4 meetings including an all-Groups Seminar in Frankfurt in October 2003 and the Conference in Krakow in May 2004)

13. Guidelines on practice, quality and delivery for in-service qualifications for professional courses (October 2003-March 2005: 4 members, 4 meetings including an all-Groups Seminar in Frankfurt in October 2003 and the Conference in Krakow in May 2004)

14. Guidelines on Citizenship as experienced by children and young people (May 2004-August 2005: 3 members, 3 meetings including our Conferences in Krakow in May 2004 and Ljubljana in 2005).

If you are interested but want to know more about what is expected, please email Cass
Telephone: +44 (0)207 133 4021 Fax: +44 (0)207 133 4021

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CiCe 2003 - 2004 to include action on Tuning project findings

The Tuning project has been one of the Erasmus activities designed to work towards a European Higher Education space, as defined in the Bologna Declaration. It is designed to help 'tune' programmes in Higher Education across Europe, so that there is a ready common understanding and comparability in each discipline between different Universities and countries.

The CiCe Steering Group has revised our planned activities for 2003-4 to make the Tuning processes more explicit.

One of the Tuning outcomes is to suggest that there are agreed generic and core competences that all courses will explicitly develop in first cycle (undergraduate level) and second cycle (Masters level) courses. CiCe will be including the establishment of such competences in the briefs for the working groups preparing guidelines for the practice, quality and delivery of courses (due to start work in October 2003). We will also be establishing a set of generic and specific competences in our own CiCe European MA proposals.

A second key area is the development of the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS). This is designed as a European-wide common system of crediting attainment and work in higher education, with 60 points being approximately equivalent to an academic years work. Students completing a first cycle of study (undergraduate/Bachelor's level) will thus have achieved 180 points. Credits will attach to units of study or module, and thus be transferable across different European institutions. The CiCe European MA in Citizenship Education is being designed to be worth 120 ECT points at second-cycle level. This should enable it to fit within the Bologna process developments, by which the European-wide Masters level will indicate successful completion of 300 ECT points.

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Framework 6 research possibilities for CiCe

The Erasmus Thematic Network programme continues to develop, and the inclusion of research-related activity has now become an explicit part of Network activities. When CiCe first began, Networks were instructed to specifically concentrate on higher education teaching and learning activities, but the Commission has now recognised the integral relationship between teaching and research in Higher Education. Thematic Networks are now expected to actively promote research links, as well as teaching links, between members.

One of the early possibilities for research development lies in the European Union's Framework Six programme, published on the Cordis website in late December.

An opportunity for CiCe members is in the development of 'Networks of Excellence' - described as 'virtual European Institutes' of around 100 - 300 members in clusters of institutions. CiCe put forward an Expression of Interest in this (DICE-Youth - Developing Identity and Citizenship in Europe for Youth).

This may fit within the Sixth Framework's 7th Priority Area (Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society). Within this, research area 7.1 calls for work on European Citizenship and Multiple Identities in Europe.

"The objective is to increase understanding of the evolution of citizenship and identities in Europe in the context of cultural and other diversities. Within this framework, research should examine the different features of citizenship, European citizenship and relation with other types of citizenship as well as rights of non-citizens, the way civic cultures shape citizenship and the role of education in combating civic apathy and exclusion. The construction of individual, collective and multiple identities and their interrelations as well as their consequences for the promotion of inclusive and active citizenship should be addressed. It should take into account the dynamics of European integration and enlargement, of globalisation as well as the ongoing societal and demographic changes. A comparative and multidisciplinary approach is of particular importance."

A Network of Excellence of 150 - 200 individual researchers, located in perhaps 30 - 40 Institutions, could get a grant of €4 million a year for up to five years. This would fund a major research programme as well as provide funding for smaller collaborative research projects and a series of networking activities. Proposals must be drawn up for submission at the end of this year (December 2003), and we will need to have some very solid discussions and agreements before drawing up a full proposal.

If you feel that you would like to help develop a proposal for a Network of Excellence in this area, please e-mail Alistair Ross as soon as possible and work can begin.

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European MA in Citizenship Education

A proposal from CiCe for Curriculum Development funding from Erasmus is currently under consideration in Brussels. The CiCe MA working group has put together a proposal for a small network within CiCe to develop either open-learning modules over the 2003 - 2005 period. There will be six groups - each chaired by a member of the CiCe MA Group - which will work on six modules for the MA.

The groups will each construct the learning competences, programme and text for an open-learning module. Students on the MA will study either part-time on-line, over 2+ years, or full-time as part of (we hope) the Erasmus World programme, which will probably be launched within the next twelve months.

On both full- and part-time modes, students will attend a short intensive programme in one of the six cities that are contributing to the core of the European MA - Paris, Norkopping, Patras, Szeged, Frankfurt and London. The plan is that the intensive programme will rotate around these cities on a six-year cycle.

Details of the MA proposal can be found on Livelink - under the heading 'Data and Information', and then 'Applications for Funding'.

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CiCe Conference 2004 re-located

The Steering Group has decided that it will be necessary to re-locate our May 2004 Conference to Krakow in Poland.

The original proposal was to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, but accommodation costs there are too high for the annual grant from the Erasmus Office. We have therefore decided to go to Poland for May 20 - 22, 2004, where we will be hosted by the Uniwersytet Jagiellonski and CiCe member Professor Adam Niemczynski. The conference theme will be 'The Experience of Citizenship'.

May 2004 marks the proposed date of accession of ten new members of the European Union, including Poland, so this will be a particularly auspicious time and location for our sixth conference.

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