Spelar roll – About the bystander

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Living history forum
    Institution URL: www.levandehistoria.se
  • Format:

    Workshop, Guided tour, Exhibition
  • Target population:

    Students, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

  • Setting:

  • Themes:

    Citizenship/democracy education
  • Core activities:

    Group work, Group discussion, Lecture

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 34
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    National/local specifities (e.g. activity targeted to Swedish school students)
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    An exhibition about those who are watching and those who intervene Whoever goes from there. The one who does not say. The one who by not acting gives legitimacy to abuse. Bystander despite its importance, the bystander has an undisclosed role in the history books. Both in history and today people are making choices that decide whether to become a bystander. Several factors affect the choices we make. Although most of us would like to act, there are few who choose to intervene. What is it all about? What psychological factors form the basis of our actions? The exhibition also tells a different story. The story of those who refuse to be a spectator and shows that another choice can be made. A choice for fellow humanity and civil war. What you choose plays a role
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Material culture, i.e., physical object or setting, Audiovisual material
  • Material produced:

    Not applicable
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    In the exhibition we work with students in workshops
  • Length of activity:

    Up to 5 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

    English, Swedish
  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Formal educational training and/or certification

Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Participants, Informal non-participant observer
  • By what means?:

    Formal verbal feedback, Qualitative written feedback, Quantitative survey
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    To learn more about the choice behind being a Bystander. To learn more about how we can learn things from the past
  • Indicators of success:

    The question of the bystander is timely and very important to discuss linked to democracy and the equal value of all people. The psychological factors behind the choice of being a bystander are useful for understanding and even applying to historical events. History will help to understand our present
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Marcel Rådström
    Email address: marcel.radstrom@levandehistoria.se


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Materials needed
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    To embrace the psychological factors behind the selection to become a bystander. As well as having knowledge of the historical contexts
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Material for the classroom - Swedish Exhibition- Swedish and English
  • Other comments or details:

    visit: levandehistoria.se