BARN3102 - Children's Rights

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Vurderingsordning: School exam
Karakter: Bokstavkarakterer

Vurdering Vekting Varighet Delkarakter Hjelpemidler
School exam 100/100 4 timer

Faglig innhold

The course is at the intersection of sociology, law, policy and research. It provides students with an overview of different declarations on and approaches to children's rights from a historical perspective, with a particular focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Furthermore, it engages with sociological understandings of what rights are and what they entail in diverse contexts. The course focuses on emerging issues on the rights of children in vulnerable situations, children's participation in economic, social, cultural and digital spheres of society, the role of Non-Governmental Organizations in the implementation of children's rights, and assessments of national reports on children's rights. Through nuanced discussion, the course also provides students with knowledge about competing and more critical discourses and theorizations concerning children's rights.



The candidate has advanced knowledge about:

  • the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its history and overall principles
  • contemporary theoretical debates and judicial principles about children's rights
  • how different actors make use of children's rights to improve children's living conditions and well-being
  • children's rights to participation in research, policy-making, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and everyday life
  • local, regional and global discourses on children's rights
  • current tensions and challenges regarding globalisation processes and children's rights in different parts of the world


The candidate has developed the skills to:

  • analyse and critically assess the extent to which children's participatory rights are ensured in various contexts
  • present research-based arguments in written and oral discussions on various themes in children's rights

General competence

The candidate has developed general competence in:

  • critically understanding the origins, principles, limits and implementation of children's rights from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • independent and collaborative work through individual and group tasks
  • problem-solving and critical thinking related to children's rights in research, policy-making, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and everyday life

Læringsformer og aktiviteter

The course consists of lectures, assignments, field visit(s), and a seminar addressing children's rights in practice. Total lecture hours: ca. 28 excluding seminar and field visit(s).

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • Obligatory attendance in lectures, seminar and field visit(s) (80%)


A bachelor's degree in the social sciences or equivalent.

Students in the master’s programme in Childhood studies will be prioritised.


Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.


Emnekode Reduksjon Fra Til
BARN3100 7.5 VÅR 2006
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Versjon: 1
Studiepoeng:  7.5 SP
Studienivå: Høyere grads nivå


Termin nr.: 1
Undervises:  VÅR 2024

Undervisningsspråk: Engelsk

Sted: Trondheim

  • Barndomsstudier
  • Samfunnsvitenskapelige fag

Ansvarlig enhet
Institutt for pedagogikk og livslang læring


Vurderingsordning: School exam

Termin Statuskode Vurdering Vekting Hjelpemidler Dato Tid Eksamens- system Rom *
Høst ORD School exam 100/100 24.11.2023 09:00 INSPERA
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
Vår ORD School exam 100/100 16.05.2024 09:00 INSPERA
Rom Bygning Antall kandidater
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 10
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