Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?
Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?
Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?

Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?

Democracy Centre Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Lange, Stefanie Fridrik, BA BA MA and Josef Mühlbauer, BA MA


Duration 4 units
Unit 4 hours/unit
Licence CC BY 4.0
Participants 118
Availability Unlimited
Start Date 4 March 2024
Costs € 0.00
Videos 9

General Course Information

Welcome to the in-depth course “Ausschlüsse konkret - Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?” of the Demokratie MOOC!

You can participate in this in-depth extension independently of previous units. You will find an introductory video embedded in the first part of the Demokratie MOOC:

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What is the Demokratie MOOC?

The Demokratie MOOC (DeMOOC) represents a curriculum for democracy education, whereby the complete teaching and learning materials are made available. Thus, on the one hand, the MOOC serves the further education of all interested persons, multipliers, course creators, teachers or (social) educators. On the other hand, the MOOC also provides materials and methods so that participants also feel motivated and able to develop and offer courses, lessons or projects on political education.

Who is this course aimed for?

The MOOC “Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?” expands and deepens the content of the course program. The course is aimed at teachers and multipliers who would like to delve deeper into different dimensions and dynamics of social exclusion in the context of opportunities for political participation, in order to integrate it into their educational work. In addition to multimedia, specialist input for developing and reflecting on the content, the DeMOOC offers examples and materials for didactic preparation as suggestions for educational work. With the compactly compiled information texts the course is additionally directed towards learners who want to inform themselves about questions and problems in relation to societal exclusion and exclusion criteria.


Course Content

By completing the DeMOOC, a closer understanding of democracy, politics and society on different political levels should be developed in order to strengthen one’s own access to politics and to be able to experience one’s own active part in the political system.

On the one hand, it is necessary to build up a certain basic knowledge of democracy, politics, political processes and social structures in order to be able to put this knowledge into practice and integrate it into one’s own living environment in a second step. The self-perception as active, responsible and critical citizens is strengthened in this respect, as well as the relevant knowledge and skills expanded. This knowledge should also have a positive influence on the future course design, pedagogical work or teaching.

The in-depth course “Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?” offers participants a specialized, in-depth treatment of content from the subject area of political education, democracy building and anti-discrimination work. To this end, the course first provides a theoretical basis, introducing various forms and mechanisms of intersectional, multidimensional as well as structural exclusion. As part of this, essential concepts are clarified in the context of their implications for democracy. Another focus is on linking these dynamics with areas of everyday life and practice, discussing such examples such as the design of public urban spaces or the issue of care work. Finally, selected examples of good practice will be used to highlight various possibilities for action to combat societal exclusion and marginalization. In particular, examples will be presented that contribute to a more inclusive civic practice.

Course Goals

The goal of the DeMOOC is to strengthen political education in adult education, in extracurricular and school education, but also among people generally interested. Thus, the DeMOOC is particularly suitable for multipliers, course planners, teachers, social workers, educators and for all persons interested in the topic of political education. The programs in the “Initiative Erwachsenenbildung” as well as many other courses and offers in the range of adult education can also benefit from the DeMOOC.

The in-depth course “Ausschlüsse konkret – Was verhindert demokratische Teilhabe?“ aims to sensitize participants to forms of societal exclusion and marginalization mechanisms in order to recognize that exclusion is not only happening on an interpersonal, personal level, but is also structurally embedded. The course should further enabl reflection on both, the political consequences within a democracy and on the effects of structural exclusions on everyday life. Looking at examples of good practice also opens up perspectives on knowledge and experiences of various practice actors from the field and thus combines the theoretical foundations with (civic) practical knowledge.

Besides a basic factual understanding of concepts and terms, participants in the MOOC will also receive impulses and documents for addressing this topic in their own educational work. To this end, didactic material for adult education will also be offered.

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge is necessary.

Course Procedure

This MOOC consists of four units, which are self-contained but build on each other, and focus on various topics. Each unit is in turn divided into sub-chapters and contains media content (explanatory video(s), radio clips) and informational texts as well as specific tasks and a didactic preparation of the topics. Each unit ends with a quiz and a discussion forum. Unit 1 is the thematic basis and the most comprehensive lesson of the course. It clarifies key terms and concepts related to exclusions from democratic participation. Unit 2 and 3 build on this, offering selected in-depth topics and illustrating the theoretical concepts with some concrete examples from areas of everyday life. Within the final unit 4, the focus lies on selected examples of good practice and the opportunities of action they offer.

Unit 1: Exploring the terms “exclusion” and “marginalization”

Workload: approx. 4 hours

Unit 2: Structural & institutional dimensions of exclusion

Workload: approx. 4 hours

Unit 3: Exclusion mechanisms in areas of everyday life

Workload: approx. 4 hours

Unit 4: Good practice examples & measures for inclusion

Workload: approx. 4 hours


For active participation in the course, upon completion, an automated certificate will be issued, which will include your username, the course name and the completed units. It should be noted that this is only a confirmation that the user has correctly answered at least 75% of the self-assessment questions (multiple choice quiz) asked.


Unless otherwise indicated, the content provided in the course is made available under the following license: CC BY 4.0 Demokratiezentrum Wien. The content may be used for educational and other non-commercial purposes on the condition that the following name is cited as the source: Demokratiezentrum Wien. External linked materials, videos etc. may be excluded from the Creative Commons license. Please note the applicable regulations.

Course Instructor

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Lange, Stefanie Fridrik, BA BA MA and Josef Mühlbauer, BA MA

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Lange is a university professor for didactics of civic education at the University of Vienna. He has headed the Demokratiezentrum Wien since 2018 and is director at the Institute for Didactics of Democracy at the University Hannover. For many years, Dirk Lange was federal chairman of the German Association for Civic Education (DVPB) and director of the Agency for Adult and Continuing Education in Lower Saxony. He has varied international experiences, among others as an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney (Australia) and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). His central research object is civic consciousness. His current work focuses on inclusive citizenship education, digitalization and civic education as well as global citizenship education.

Stefanie Fridrik, BA BA MA is a research associate and project manager at the Demokratiezentrum Wien (Democracy Center Vienna). She conducts research at the intersection of political, cultural and transformative education, cultural policy, and critical art education. She studied art history and comparative literature at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna and has also worked as an art educator in the museum and independent sector since 2018. Between 2020 and 2022 she worked as a research assistant (Prae Doc) in the research project AGONART at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Since 2022 she is doing her PhD at the Institute for Art Education at the HFBK Hamburg and works as a research assistant at the Democracy Center Vienna. Her tasks include the conception, coordination and implementation of workshops and seminars for different target groups and the supervision of projects of democratic political education for adults in the e-learning field.

Josef Mühlbauer, BA MA is a research associate at the Demokratiezentrum Wien (Democracy Center Vienna). He studied political science and philosophy at the University of Vienna. His tasks at the Demokratiezentrum Wien include in particular interdisciplinary research and advanced training in the field of the Conflict – Peace – Democracy Cluster (CPDC). He is also involved in e-learning projects in the field of democratic political education for adults. He published the book "Zur imperialen Lebensweise" in 2022 and the book "Kritische Friedensforschung" in 2023.

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The Demokratiezentrum Wien (Democracy Center Vienna) is an independent scientific institution with tasks in democracy researchand democracy education. Our empirical and theoretical research serves the scientific knowledge, the democratic political discourse and the transfer into educational offers. In the sense of a subject-oriented and emancipative civic education, our guiding idea in our educational offers is the promotion of citizens’ maturity and their ability to participate politically.

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The Association of Austrian Adult EducationCenters is the umbrella organization of all 256 Austrian adult education centers and one of ten associations in the Conference of Adult Education Austria, the working platform of non-profit adult education. In their more than one hundred years of history, the adult education centers have developed and implemented important and innovative offers for political and contemporary education. Democracy education is an important concern, and the Conference of Austrian Adult Education is vehemently committed to its implementation in Austrian adult education. The Democracy MOOC is made available to all actors in adult education, further education and training.

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