International Rights of the Child
Higher postgraduate course, second semester, one three-hour seminar per week for 13 weeks.
Course convener(s): Professor Danwood Chirwa
- To examine critically the development, content and implementation of international and regional human rights laws on children with a focus on the African region;
- To examine the effectiveness, equity and cultural sensitivity of the laws on children;
- To consider national laws in light of international and regional human rights and to discuss strategies for raising children's rights standards at the national level in the African region.
The course covers the following issues:
- theories of children's rights;
- the international, regional and domestic protection of children's rights;
- the relationship between different cultural traditions and the universal and regional values on children's rights;
- the concept of childhood;
- key principles underpinning children's rights;
- child poverty;
- child justice;
- the right to education;
- the right to survival and development;
- the right to protection from abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation;
- legal protections for child soldiers and civilians involved in armed conflicts and
- the right to family care or alternative care.
Lectures: 3 hour seminars every week.
DP requirements: Attendance at all lectures.
Assessment: Written assignments count for 50% and written examination counts for 50% of the final grade.