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, case studies and applied research

The module addresses pressing issues for children’s rights. The focus will be on 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.

The module will consider case studies, such as:

Using case studies, for example 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.

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