Human Security and Citizenship in Finnish Religious Education : Rethinking Security within the Human Rights Horizon

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Adebayo , G O & Mansikka , J-E 2018 , ' Human Security and Citizenship in Finnish Religious Education : Rethinking Security within the Human Rights Horizon ' , Human rights review , vol. 19 , no. 4 , pp. 447-469 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s12142-018-0502-x

Title: Human Security and Citizenship in Finnish Religious Education : Rethinking Security within the Human Rights Horizon
Author: Adebayo, Gabriel O; Mansikka, Jan-Erik
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
Date: 2018-03-13
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Human rights review
ISSN: 1524-8879
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324260
Abstract: This paper discusses citizenship in Finnish religious education (RE) in relation to human security. It traces the characteristics of human security that connect citizenship, religion, and education in Finnish policy documents. The article focuses on basic education (grades 7–9). Its data were analyzed employing qualitative content analysis (QCA). The findings indicate that citizenship in Finnish RE entails personal security concerns dealing with psychological and human rights issues. These are found to be essentially human security as conceptualized by the United Nations (UN). However, Finnish policy documents sparingly utilize human security in explicit terms. Finland rather emphasizes the practical applications of human security. Incorporation of explicit global citizen and human rights issues into RE in the new Finnish curriculum seems to project critical global citizenship. This is found to promote human security. Following Finland’s bid for practical application of human security, we recommend (but cautiously) that human security be explicitly integrated into the Finnish RE curriculum.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Citizenship
Curriculum
Diversity
Human Rights
Human Security
Policy
Religious Education
Securitization
517 Political science
Citizenship; Human Rights; Human Security; Securitization; Policy
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