BARN3102 - Children's Rights


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours ORDBOK

Course content

The course is in the intersection of sociology, law, policy and research. It provides students with an overview of different declarations on and approaches to children's rights in a historical perspective. Furthermore, it engages with sociological understandings of what rights are and what they entail in diverse contexts. Among topics to be addressed are emerging issues on the rights of children in vulnerable situations, children as social participants in the economic, social and cultural reproduction of society, the role of Non-Governmental Organizations in the implementation of children’s rights and assessments of national reports on children's rights. Through nuanced discussion, the course also provides students with knowledge about competing and more critical discourses and theorizations concerning children’s rights.

Learning outcome

The candidate
- has in-depth knowledge about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its history and its overall principles
- has advanced knowledge about contemporary theoretical debates and judicial principles about children’s rights
- has critical knowledge about global and regional discourses on children’s rights
- has in-depth knowledge about current tensions and challenges regarding children’s rights in different parts of the world
- has nuanced knowledge about how different actors make use of children’s rights to improve children’s life conditions and well-being

The candidate
- is able to assess and critically analyze children’s rights in diverse contexts

General competence
The candidate
- has advanced knowledge about the dynamic relationship between rights discourses as part of globalization processes and children’s lives in different parts of the world

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of: (1) lectures; (2) seminars with assignments; (3) a seminar addressing practical work with children’s rights.
Attending lectures and seminars are compulsory activities (minimum 80% attendance).

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory attendance in all lectures and seminars (minimum 80%)

Further on evaluation

Students who have completed compulsory activities do not have to do those again before re-sitting the exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

A bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or equivalent. It is an advantage to be familiar with the legal framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and language in the document.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3100 7.5 01.08.2006
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Childhood Studies
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 ORDBOK
Room Building Number of candidates
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