Girls just wanna have fundamental rights
: Ethics of liberal education in a feminist and multicultural society

  • Lara Dijkstra

Student thesis: Master's Thesis: Humanistic Studies


This thesis arose from the anti-liberal and anti-democratic aspects that can be a part of religious and cultural education which can limit the liberty in the life of the students during and after their education. It explores the moral obligation of a liberal democratic state to ensure that its citizens are capable of living in accordance with the two principles of liberal theory: freedom and equality. In the thesis, citizenship education and humanistic education is offered as an approach that ensures the possibility for students to develop themselves in a way that grants them freedom and equality in the personal, social and political order. It considers both the liberal multicultural, the liberal feminist and the liberal democratic view on this problem. It also considers the objections from religious groups. Still, the literary study concludes that liberal democracy has the moral obligation to ensure its minors' free and equal development.
Date of Award15 Feb 2022
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorFernando Suárez Müller (Supervisor) & Laurens ten Kate (Supervisor)


  • liberal multiculturalism
  • liberal feminism
  • liberal democracy
  • citizenship education
  • humanistic education
  • religious education

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