MOOC - Interdisciplinary introduction to children's human rights

The Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) ‘Children's Human Rights - An Interdisciplinary Introduction’ guides the student into a selection of critical issues concerning children’s rights. Participants will gain insight relative to the development of this specific human rights category, as well as to the evolution of the challenges faced by children over time and society’s efforts to respond. Successful international strategies and programs promoting children’s rights will be highlighted, as well as the role of key actors involved in international organizations working in this field.

No pre-requisites or specific background is required to register for this MOOC. The course is conceived as an introductory level program.

The course is taught in English and consists of seven topical modules:

  1. International standards and monitoring systems
  2. The history of children’s rights in the context of human rights
  3. Interdisciplinary children’s rights studies
  4. Juvenile justice
  5. Violence against children
  6. Children’s right to participation
  7. Children’s rights and global health

 The course is available on the Coursera’s platform on-demand: https://www.coursera.org/learn/childrensrights.

 By the end of this course, participants will become familiar with the:

  • basic features of the socio-historical background and main content of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the United Nations monitoring mechanisms pertaining the implementation of the CRC
  • interdisciplinary features of children’s rights studies as an epistemological field
  • background and main challenges of the legal framework in Juvenile Justice at the international level
  • complexity of violence against children as a phenomenon implying a multi-agency counteracting strategy
  • challenges in implementing children’s participation rights and the theoretical aspects regarding children’s agency
  • main features of the debate about global health, human rights and ethics, through a right-based approach