Understanding Children's Rights
The module offers detailed information on the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including the difficulties and challenges faced. Aspects covered include who participated in the working groups for the UNCRC, the paternalist approach to children, and questions on postcolonial childhoods. The module will consider the implementation of the UNCRC, as part of the international human rights system.
The underlying question that will be discussed and elaborated on is the approach to children’s rights taken by different actors in the children’s rights community and in particular academia itself.
Research with children and young people: participation and ethics
This module is dedicated to methods of research about, for and with children. The premise is that in order to engage in meaningful research, children must participate. It is not possible to do social qualitative research, without including the subject we aim to research.
Participation is a widely used term, which requires determination. Different modules of participation of children will be critically assessed and several methods for research will be introduced amongst which are different forms of interviews, focus groups, participatory action research, observation, case studies. Students chose a method and conduct their own research project. Ethical considerations in such research are an integral part of the module sessions and research done.
Key Themes in Children's Rights Studies:
A. Work and Education of Children
Key Themes A (Work and Education of Children)
The module addresses education concepts, ranging from early childhood education to non-formal educational settings. The right to education is discussed and the relation between work and education of children is explored.
Different forms, reasons and meanings of work, play and education for children and the context and relation between them in different national and cultural contexts are reflected. Relations to social, economic and cultural rights are elaborated.
Key Themes in Children's Rights Studies:
B. Children out of Place
Key Themes B (Children Out of Place)
The module addresses pressing issues for children’s rights. The focus will be on violations of children’s rights, considering critically the evidence, contexts and reasons for these violations and to consider how these violations could be mitigated and/or avoided.
Questions of agency and children’s own role in navigating and counteracting such situations will be discussed. Exploring children and intersectional discrimination ranging from gender, disability, adultism, children in marginalized and excluded positions in society will form the interactive problem-based learning environment.
The modules will be offered via MS Teams in order to make sure that all attendees/students have access to all parts of the modules. Each student will set up his or her own e-portfolio for documentation of their learning progress as part of the modules themselves. Our modules are open to anyone who is interested in the topics .
There are two options for enrollment (in either case, you will be registered through the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, the coordinating institution):
1•- You are studying at one of our partner universities (a course in Children's Rights / Related to Children's Rights)
2•- You would like to enroll in one or more modules independent of whether you are studying already or would like to learn more about the module topics .
For Option 1.- Please talk to the coordinator/director/leader of your programme who will give you more information and organize your participation (no additional fees).
For Option 2.- Fill out the following application form and send it to
- A copy of your former university degree
-Proof of your English language competency (if you have not taken a formal exam, you may be able to prove your competency via confirmations of studying/working in an English speaking setting). In this case, please add a confirmation from your employer/university).
- A motivational letter including the incentive to study the module(s) and your expectations. • First academic degree (BA or equivalent)
-For each module, the cost is 1.250€;
-If you opt to study more than one module, the fees are reduced to 990€/module
The fee is payable upfront.
Upon successful completion of the module (incl. final exam) a certificate will be issued, stating the attained credit points. These can be acknowledged in the frame of the study programme you are enrolled in (Option 1) or in further studies you may enroll in later (Option 2).
*For Option 2, please enquire at the respective university about acknowledgement.
June 30, annually