Where modules run over two terms as a 30 credit module, SIL students will attend and be assessed on the contents of term 1. Please note that some modules reflect this with an additional "A" in their module code, but this is not the case for all of them due to special assessment arrangements for SIL students.
All assessments are graded on a pass/fail basis.
CHILDREN AND THEIR RIGHTS (LAWSG037) Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Assessment method for Masters students: 3-hour unseen written examination
Assessment method for SIL students: 2-hour unseen written examination
This Module will introduce and critically examine the concept of children’s rights in international human rights law, focusing on the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The module locates the debates about children’s rights within broader theoretical questions concerning childhood and society.
The module introduces classic and contemporary theories of childhood and covers the philosophical foundations that led to the recognition of children as human rights holders. The module covers a wide range of issues relating to children’s lives, including the child’s family, health, education, abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, citizenship and intersections of identities. A comparative analysis will be drawn between regional and domestic legal systems, in order to enable students to gain a understanding of current human rights regimes that protect children’s rights, and the different challenges of protecting children’s rights in practice.
Children, International Human Rights Law and Childhood Studies
International Children’s Rights Law – Between Paternalism and Liberation, Empowerment and Agency
The Right to Participation
Children’s Citizenship Rights and the Optional Protocol of Communication
The Rights to Life, Survival and Development
The Principle of the Best Interests of the Child
The Child’s Family – Rights and Responsibilities
The Child’s Family – Adoption, Reproductive Technique and the Right to an Identity
Street Children and Trafficking (optional protocol)
Children’s Welfare Rights
Schools’ environment and the Right to Education
Children at the Margins
Regional Mechanisms Part One – Europe
Regional Mechanisms Part Two – Africa
Regional Mechanisms Part Three – Americas
Children’s Rights in Practice
There is no set text book. Seminars will be based on a series of articles and texts, which will be provided via Moodle (virtual learning environment) at the start of the academic year. Moodle cannot be accessed until enrolment in September
Preliminary reading: N/A
Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.