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1 Being a Good Citizen Manners, Grace and Social Harmony

2 Citizenship What is a citizen? –Rights –Duties –Responsibilities What is social harmony? What is grace?

3 What is a citizen? A citizen is an individual with certain rights and duties under a government and who, by birth or by choice, owes, allegiance to that government. Another word for allegiance is loyalty.

4 Rights and Responsibilities We depend on others in the communities to fulfill our needs. Joel Westheimer and Joseph Kahne (2004) describe three types of citizen:

5 Personally Responsible Citizen A personally responsible citizen has: –honesty –responsibility –respect for the law

6 Participatory Citizen as above but also believes that: –understanding government –voting in elections –volunteering in the community are important traits

7 Justice Oriented Citizen As above but also: –fights for the rights of under-privileged –often willing to suffer personal harm in their fight for justice –sometimes lose focus on wider society and means to create change


9 Qualities of a Responsible Citizen Obeys the law / respects authority Contributes to society and community / performs civic duty Loves his/her country – patriotism Courtesy and respects the rights of others Trust worthy and Honesty Tolerance Accountability Moral Courage Responsibility Self-Discipline

10 Qualities of a Responsible Citizen Rights: things we can do because of law Duties: things we MUST do because of law Responsibilities: things we should do

11 Qualities of a Responsible Citizen Using the sheet provided, Label each activity in the list as either a: Right Duty Responsibility



14 A Global Citizen Is aware of the wider world Has a sense of their own role as a world citizen Respects and values diversity

15 A Global Citizen has understanding of how the world works: Economically Politically Socially Culturally Technologically Environmentally

16 A Global Citizen Is outraged by social injustice Participates and contributes to community Is willing to make the world a more sustainable place Takes responsibility for their actions Celebrates diversity Recognizes that they can CREATE CHANGE


18 Social Harmony People of all faiths, ages, nationalities or colours living peacefully in mutual trust as a society, is social harmony. Concept dates back to ancient China. Confucius / Confucianism

19 Social Harmony Family is the basic unit of society: A peaceful and harmonious family built upon 'Family Ethics' is the most fundamental component of a peaceful modern society. Children Parents Love / Devotion

20 Selfishness Hatred Poverty Social Harmony Sources of Chaos / Conflict

21 "By giving (others) freedom from fear, hostility and oppression, he himself will enjoy freedom from fear, hostility and oppression." - The Buddha Social Harmony Four Divine Abodes loving kindness compassion altruistic joy equanimity



24 Grace Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement. A sense of fitness or propriety. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.



27 Now, Let’s look at your groups……

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