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

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, with a particular focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Furthermore, it engages with sociological understandings of what rights are and what they entail in diverse contexts. The course focuses on emerging issues on the rights of children in vulnerable situations, children's participation in economic, social, cultural and digital spheres 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 advanced knowledge about:

  • the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its history and overall principles
  • contemporary theoretical debates and judicial principles about children's rights
  • how different actors make use of children's rights to improve children's living conditions and well-being
  • children's rights to participation in research, policy-making, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and everyday life
  • local, regional and global discourses on children's rights
  • current tensions and challenges regarding globalisation processes and children's rights in different parts of the world


The candidate has developed the skills to:

  • analyse and critically assess the extent to which children's participatory rights are ensured in various contexts
  • present research-based arguments in written and oral discussions on various themes in children's rights

General competence

The candidate has developed general competence in:

  • critically understanding the origins, principles, limits and implementation of children's rights from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • independent and collaborative work through individual and group tasks
  • problem-solving and critical thinking related to children's rights in research, policy-making, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and everyday life

Learning methods and activities

The course consists of lectures, assignments, field visit(s), and a seminar addressing children's rights in practice. Total lecture hours: ca. 28 excluding seminar and field visit(s).

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory attendance in lectures, seminar and field visit(s) (80%)

Required previous knowledge

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

Students in the master’s programme in Childhood studies will be prioritised.

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 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

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 *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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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