Children's Rights

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students spring 2018

Course Code:
BU123E revision 1.3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
23 January 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
26 March 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
10 October 2016

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 (2014). Children. Rights and Childhood. Routledge (420 p.)
Ariès, Phillippes (1962): Centuries of Childhood. A social History of Family Life. New York: Vintage Books (447 p.)
Gillet-Swan, Jenna & Coppock, Vicky (2016). Children’s Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC. Past, present and future. Oxford: Symposium Books (166 p.)
Jenks, Chris (2005). Childhood. 2 Ed. London: Routledge (173 p.)
Verhellen, Eugeen (2006). Convention on the Rights of the Child: background, motivation, strategies, main themes. 4 Ed. Antwerpen: Garant (179 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.