|Author(s)||McGlynn, C. & Gifford, C.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education|
This paper draws on a qualitative study of educators in the fields of social science and health. Participants were asked their views on the desirability and viability of delivering citizenship education as a discrete component of higher education programmes. The overall response was that citizenship was an important element of undergraduate education but that formal citizenship education should not be delivered as a stand-alone component of undergraduate programmes. This paper demonstrates that although there were many practical issues highlighted in support of this position the reluctance of the interviewees was also related to the contested nature of the concept of citizenship and a sense that formalising the concept would be contentious and problematic.