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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module LAW52915: Rights of the Child

Department: Law

LAW52915: Rights of the Child

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • This course aims to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of human rights issues as they affect children, and the particular problems raised by the idea of human rights for children.


  • theoretical issues relating to children's rights: children as legal subjects; cultural relativism; children in the context of families and other relationships;
  • overview of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other main legal instruments for the protection of children's rights, including methods of implementation and enforcement;
  • issues relating ti children and their families;
  • civil and political rights issues, such as children in the criminal justice system; violence against children;
  • economic and social rights issues, such as child labour; the right to education.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the relevant international treaties, judicial decisions and programmes developed by international organisations in relation to children's rights;
  • students will develop a critical understanding of the theoretical, political, cultural and economic issues underlying questions of childrens's rights.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Seminars 8 Week with a few reading weeks 2 16
    Preparation and Reading 134
    Total 150

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Essay 4000 word 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    The outline for the summative assessment will be marked as formative assessment.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University