BARN3102 - Children's Rights


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course is at the intersection of sociology, law, policy and research. It provides students with an overview of different declarations on and approaches to children's rights from 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 living conditions and well-being


The candidate

  • can 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 with assignments; (2) a seminar addressing children's rights in practice; (3) field visit(s)

Attending lectures, seminar and field visit(s) are compulsory activities (minimum 80% attendance).

Total lecture hours: ca. 28.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory attendance in lectures, seminar and field visit(s) (80%)
  • 2-4 assignments

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

A bachelor's degree in the social sciences or equivalent.

Course materials

Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
BARN3100 7.5 SPRING 2006
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-05-23 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL228 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL111 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 11
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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