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Promoting informed, ethical, and intentional participation in communities, from the local to the global.

Workshops in the citizenship stream focus on the following skill areas:

Interactions between communities

Students will be able to:

  • Describe their rights and responsibilities within the context of civil society.
  • Recognize and describe intracultural and intercultural interactions.
  • Be aware of how their own individual values shape their interactions with others.
  • Describe how multiple perspectives enrich intracultural and intercultural interactions.
  • Manage their online presence and interactions responsibly.

Power structures

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize and describe privilege, power, equity, and social justice within various power structures.
  • Recognize the existence of different power structures and how they interact.
  • Recognize and describe their own place within structures and their contribution to those structures.
  • Recognize how power structures might marginalize individuals/groups.

Community contributions

Students will be able to:

  • Identify, reflect on, and evaluate the short-term and long-term effects of their actions within communities.
  • Identify, reflect on, and evaluate the range of personal values and perspectives that guide citizen thinking and actions.
  • Recognize the potential needs of different communities.
  • Identify ways to make respectful, appropriate, and sustainable contributions to communities.
  • Demonstrate ability and commitment to collaboratively work across and within communities to achieve a civic aim.

Discussion and debate

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate various methods of reasoning and logic, including the recognition of common logical fallacies.
  • Evaluate quality of evidence, arguments, and information.
  • Formulate and organize sound arguments using effective persuasive strategies.
  • Critically evaluate and respond to counterarguments, rebuttals and refutations.
  • Develop their ability to argue for what they believe in, including confronting oppositional viewpoints.


Students will be able to:

  • Define concepts of sustainability (e.g., environmental, social, and economic). 
  • Evaluate the local and broader consequences of individual and collective actions.
  • Take informed and responsible action to address ethical, social, and environmental challenges in local and/or global systems. 


While this web page is accessible worldwide, McGill University is on land which has served and continues to serve as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. Teaching and Learning Services acknowledges and thanks the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps mark this territory on which peoples of the world now gather. This land acknowledgement is shared as a starting point to provide context for further learning and action.


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