Children and Their Rights A is a 15-credit module where students critically examine children's rights in an international context, focusing around the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989.
This module offers a critical examination of children’s rights in an international context, focusing around the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. The module has three main parts. In the first, we address the theoretical issues relating to children’s rights and introduce the UNCRC. In the second part, we introduce the core principles of children’s rights before, in the third part, turning to look at particular issues arising in the application of particular rights of children. All of these issues are addressed alongside broader questions about childhood, law and society.
The Children and their Rights module will familiarise students with the content of international children’s rights, and allow them to gain a critical understanding of both theoretical and practical challenges facing a children’s rights discourse. Students will see that insights into children’s rights can come from a variety of disciplinary areas, including childhood studies, sociology and criminology, as well as law. The module will allow students to apply a child-centred approach when analysing legislation, policies, practices and court decisions concerning children.
Part 1: Theoretical Issues
- An Introduction to Children’s Rights and Constructions of ‘the Child’
- The Theoretical Basis of Children’s Rights
- The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989
Part 2: The Core Principles of Children’s Rights
- The Best Interests Principle
- The Right to Life, Survival and Development
- Children’s Participation Rights
Part 3: Specific Issues in Children’s Rights
- The Child, the Family and Identity
- Juvenile Justice
- The Right to Education
- Revision session
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.
- Perspectives on the UNCRC, online at http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/364_366.htm
- M Wyness, Childhood and Society (2nd edn, Palgrave, 2012), Chs 1 and 2
- M Freeman, ‘Children’s Rights: Past, Present and Future: Some Introductory Comments’, in M Freeman (Ed) The Future of Children’s Rights (Brill, 2014)
- J Fortin, Children’s Rights and the Developing Law (3rd edn, CUP, 2009), Ch 1
|Credit value:||15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)|
|Teaching Delivery:||10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare;|
LLM in Human Rights Law
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay|
|Final Assessment:||Exam (100%)|