Children's Rights


The objective of the course is for students to acquire knowledge of the U.N. Convention of Children's Rights, its origin and interpretations, and by so doing deepen and develop their understanding of the child's perspective and the child's best. One of the main objectives is to gain knowledge about how the Convention of Children's Rights is used and implemented in Sweden.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2021, spring 2021, spring 2020, autumn 2019

Course Code:
BU123E revision 2.3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
23 August 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
11 November 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
20 February 2019

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

Single Subject Course.


The aim of the course is to explore and analyze childhood and children’s participation on a historical, philosophical, sociological and juridical as well as on a local and global level.


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the point of departure for the course as it addresses local and global values of childhood rights and children’s participation in society. Through a historical, philosophical, sociological and juridical discussion of the articulation, declaration and use of the convention, concepts as “in the best interest of the child” and “perspectives of the child” are critically analysed and discussed in relation to different issues in the lives of children. The theoretical framework of the course is mainly educational with references to children’s conditions and rights in social institutions such as pre-school and school.

Learning outcomes

After participating in the course the participants will be able to:

  • Give a critical account for the content and message of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Analyze different understandings and implementations of the Convention and children’s rights in general, within local and global perspectives.
  • Critically analyze the Convention in relation to children’s participation and citizenship.

Learning activities

Working forms include lectures, seminars, group work and presentations.


The course is examined through an individually written paper. Additionally, the paper is to be presented in a seminar which is examinatory.
Grading criterias is to be served by the course leader at the start of the course.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Archard, David (2015). Children. Rights and Childhood. 3. ed. London: Routledge (226 p.)

Heywood, Colin (2018). A History of Childhood: children and childhood in the west from medieval to modern times. 2. ed. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press (256 p.)

Jenks, Chris (2005). Childhood. 2. ed. London: Routledge (173 p.)

Westover, Tara (2018). Educated: a memoir. New York: Random House (334 p.)

Additional 200 pages will be distributed during the course.

Course evaluation

Evaluation is an integral part of the course. A concluding oral and written evaluation based on the aims, learning outcomes and methods will serve to further develop the course in the future.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Childhood, Education and Society.

Further information

Hanna Sjögren, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658049
Johanna Boussard, international officer
Phone: 040-6657792
Anders Eskilsson, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6658141


29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-16001

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK

Application deadline 15 October


08 November 2021 - 16 January 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.