Certified Good Citizenship: FREE Online Course

About This Course

The course will provide you with the relevant knowledge, attitudes and skills to become a democratically competent citizen.

Click here to enrol:  http://mooc.civicus.co.za/courses/spl/civicus/course/about

SPL-compThe aim is to educate participants about relevant concepts prevalent in a democratic country in a vivid manner in order to ultimately promote active and responsible citizenship based upon informed understanding of good governance and informing responsible citizenship behaviour. The course goal and objectives are aimed at providing the knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand good citizenship and act as a good citizen.

The goal of this course is to provide you with a high level understanding of your responsibilities, roles and rights as a citizen through theory as well as practical examples and exercises in the South African context.


Students are required to go through the Learning material presented in the course and to complete the questionnaires until they pass.

Module 1: Effective and Ethical Governance

This module relates to the theoretical and applied perspectives on democracy, the Constitution and related public governance concepts, including:

  1. Overview
  2. Constitutions and constitutionalism
  3. The rule of law
  4. The separation of powers, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government
  5. Systems of governance including unitary, federal and confederal systems
  6. Spheres of governance, including central, provincial and local governance
  7. Service delivery and government
  8. Government and society
  9. The role of the state debate linked to partnership and co-creative governance
  10. Accountable, responsible and responsive government, including the role of the media
  11. Effective and ethical governance
  12. Conclusions


Module 2: Responsible and Moral Citizenship

In this module the focus is on the role and responsibilities of citizens in the creation of a constitutional democratic country, including

  1. Overview
  2. Protecting and promoting the Constitution
  3. Human rights and responsibilities
  4. Citizen rights and responsibilities
  5. Responsible citizenship
  6. Moral citizenship
  7. Active citizenship, including public participation, accountability, and co-creation of services
  8. Holding government accountable
  9. Preventing and combating corruption
  10. Conclusions

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