Mycock, Andrew (2010) Linking Theory and Practice on Politics Work Placement Modules. In: The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics: Placement Learning, Citizenship. Monograph No 12 (12). Sociology, Anthropology, Politics (C-SAP), The Higher Education Academy, Birmingham, UK, pp. 177-201. ISBN 1 902191 42 0

The renewed interest in the importance of active citizenship and
volunteering in higher education is reflective of concerns about democratic
participation, declining social capital and community cohesion (Power
Inquiry 2006; Sloam 2007). Citizenship education (particularly in
secondary schools) has been viewed by some as a panacea for declining
levels of political participation, social delinquency and the dilution of a
common civic identity (see Blunkett 2001: 41–2). The topicality of
embedding citizenship across universities and their course curricula is also
tied to a range of pedagogic and functional issues, most notably teaching
quality assurance, student personal development, community participation
and employability.

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