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Education Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3459631, 12 pages
Research Article

Preparing Students for Global Citizenship: The Effects of a Dutch Undergraduate Honors Course

1Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands
2University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, Netherlands

Correspondence should be addressed to Ingrid W. Schutte

Received 16 February 2017; Revised 12 June 2017; Accepted 2 July 2017; Published 27 August 2017

Academic Editor: Seokhee Cho

Copyright © 2017 Ingrid W. Schutte et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Using a mixed method approach, this case study investigates effects on the participating students () of an undergraduate honors course in the Netherlands, aimed at global justice citizenship. Knowledge about effects of global citizenship courses is still limited. The Ethical Sensitivity Scale Questionnaire and the Global Citizenship Scale were used in a pre- and posttest design to measure possible development in the moral and civic domain among the participants of the course. In the qualitative part, deductive content analyses of students’ work and students’ written reflection on the course, utilizing the theory-based curriculum guidelines Global Justice Citizenship Education, were performed. In addition, a follow-up blog and interview were analyzed to learn students’ perception on the effects of the course after half a year. Quantitative results show increased ethical sensitivity as well as global civic engagement and global competence among the participants. Qualitative results point in the same direction and provide deeper insights in the content of students’ learning and the perceived impact of the course on their attitudes and behavior. Results are discussed in relation to theory on justice-oriented global citizenship and honors pedagogies.