BARN3102 - Children's Rights


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course provides students with an overview of different declarations on children's rights in a historical perspective. They learn how to discuss the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its implications for children's lives in different parts of the world. The students will learn to explore children's lives and welfare in light of changing policies and processes of globalization. The students acquire knowledge about the principle of the 'best interest of the child' and children's rights to provision, protection and participation. Among additional topics to be addressed are emerging issues on the rights of vulnerable groups of children (e.g. street children, refugee children, children in the Child Protection and Juvenile Justice system, etc.), children as social participants in the economic, social and cultural reproduction of society, the role of NGOs in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, assessments of national reports on children's rights, etc. Through nuanced discussion, the course also provides students with knowledge about competing and more critical discourses concerning children’s rights.

Learning outcome

The main objectives of the course are to provide students with knowledge of:
* Global discourses on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): theoretical debates and judicial principles.
* Regional conventions on children's rights (e.g. the African charter on the rights of the child).
* Rights discourses as a tool to improve children's life conditions and well-being in different parts of the world.
* The dynamic relationship between rights discourses as part of globalisation processes and children's lived experiences in all parts of the world.

Learning methods and activities

Total lecture hours: ca. 20 hours, total seminar hours: up to 12 hours. The course consists of: (1) a common introduction with lectures; (2) a seminar addressing practical work with children’s rights in different parts of the world (invited speakers from governmental and non-governmental organisations).
Compulsory assignments

Attending lectures and seminar is compulsory (minimum 80%).

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation. Attending lectures and seminar is compulsory (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

Admittance to the course requires a bachelor’s degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3100 7.5 2006-08-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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