Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Children's Rights
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 1  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 2  2000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of the social, political and historical background to current definitions of children's rights.

Critically review and discuss the concepts, arguments and principles surrounding children's rights

Critically examine legislation relating to children's rights.

Demonstrate a critical engagement with relevant source material.

Brief description

This module aims to enable students to understand children's rights in theory and in practice. The module examines the theory underlying different perspectives on children's rights and focuses on practical measures to promote children's rights, and seeks to evaluate their impact on children's lives.


Lectures and seminars will be based on the following:
Lecture and seminar 1: Meanings of children's rights
Lecture and seminar 2: Recent developments in policy and practice : UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child
Lecture and seminar 3: Children's rights agenda and promotion of children's rights
Lecture and seminar 4: Mechanisms for representing children's rights within government
Lecture and seminar 5: Children's Act
Lecture and seminar 6: Roles and responsibilities of adults
Lecture and seminar 7: Rights and responsibilities in education
Lecture and seminar 8: Disabled children's rights
Lecture and seminar 9: Children's services
Lecture and seminar 10: The Court process

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks encourage improved performance.
Information Technology Written assignments should be word-processed and one of the seminar tasks requires the development of a PowerPoint presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Not developed in this module.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Research is required for the main assessments and some of the seminar tasks.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.


This module is at CQFW Level 6