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Drawing on the contributions of several academic disciplines including law, psychology, sociology, history, educational and health sciences, economy and anthropology, an interdisciplinary approach 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. This open online course provides an overview of the most important features of children’s human rights. A central portion of the MOOC will consist of a presentation of the international and regional standards on children’s rights and the related international and regional judicial and quasi-judicial bodies designed to ensure their implementation. No prerequisites or specific background is required to register for this MOOC. The course is conceived as an introductory level program, but participants, who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of children’s rights, or already have some prior knowledge, will have access to additional reading material on a weekly basis. Participants who successfully complete the class activities and final assessment may request for a paid certificate of accomplishment signed by the Instructor and the main professors responsible for the program. However, no credits are awarded. The course consists of seven topical modules distributed on 4 weeks. English is the only language of instruction....
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International standards and monitoring systems

The module begins with the presentation of the background, origins and main content of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and provides details about the preparatory work and the international political context in which the Convention was drafted. The content of international human rights norms are discussed using the subdivision between civil and political rights on the one hand, and economic, social and cultural rights on the other. Furthermore, the general UN human rights monitoring mechanisms will be introduced, followed by the presentation of the CRC monitoring system. A discussion on the importance of regional human rights monitoring systems for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America will be the subject of a specific round table. Within the monitoring framework a particular attention is dedicated to role of key actors: Independent National Human Rights Institutions (INHRIs) on Children’s rights, Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) and children....
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11 vidéos (Total 108 min), 1 lecture, 1 quiz
Video11 vidéos
1.1 Introduction3 min
1.2 The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: from drafting to reception.23 min
1.2bis CRC General Principles5 min
1.3 Main content of the CRC and the related States obligations9 min
1.4 UN Committee on the right of the child: role, structure, functioning and method of works8 min
1.5 The CRC Communications procedure5 min
1.6 Overview regional monitoring system18 min
1.7 The role of the INHRIs on Children’s rights in the monitoring process at national and local level8 min
1.8 NGOs’ role in the monitoring process7 min
1.9 Children's subjective indicators: children’s participation in monitoring13 min
Reading1 lecture
Syllabus10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz of Module 120 min

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The history of children’s rights in the context of human rights

This module provides an overview of the evolution of children's rights before the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Based on a chronological approach, it is a comprehensive social and cultural history of children's rights, of the way they developed over the course of the last centuries. While not building on a strict history of diplomatic relations, this module provides an international perspective on this evolution. It aims to underline the multiplicity of actors, networks and organizations involved in the defense and promotion of children's rights, over time. Also, it emphasizes crucial moments of this history, such as the adoption of international legal instruments on the rights of the child, the two World Wars, etc. This module will nonetheless challenge common understandings of the history of children's rights. For instance, instead of describing it as a linear success story, it will highlight progress as well as failures. Also, the idea that the rights of the child are a 20th Century invention will be balanced. By doing so, we aim to provide a complex understanding of the history of children's rights and detailed contexts for the topics they cover (e.g. child labor, juvenile justice, etc.) and that will be studied later in this MOOC. ...
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7 vidéos (Total 55 min), 1 quiz
Video7 vidéos
2.2 History of childhood: a state of the art7 min
2.3 Children and Health from the Renaissance to the Revolution4 min
2.4 Children during the industrial revolution7 min
2.5 Saving the children after WWI and the Geneva Declaration8 min
2.6 International Organizations and Human rights: From Protection Rights to Children’s Human Rights9 min
2.7 Regional evolution of children's rights: voices from a recent past - Introduction14 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz of Module 212 min

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Interdisciplinary Children’s Rights Studies

The module will provide a general introduction to the field of children’s rights studies. It will emphasize the interdisciplinary outlook of the field and will present schools of thought in children’s rights. Furthermore, we will show the links between children’s rights and the sociology and anthropology of childhood and provide some examples of recent children’s rights research and practice....
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6 vidéos (Total 47 min), 1 quiz
Video6 vidéos
3.2 Interdisciplinary children's rights studies6 min
3.3 Fruits, salads, and smoothies: working together for understanding children's rights9 min
3.4 Schools of thought in children's rights10 min
3.5 Agency and structure in childhood studies10 min
3.6 The anthropology of childhood8 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz of Module 322 min

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Juvenile justice

The field of Juvenile Justice (JJ) or of systems of Justice specialized for children in conflict with the law, is the field of children’s rights where the international community has drafted the largest amount of legislation (national, regional and international). It is obviously a very sensitive field where child rights violations are numerous, where violence in institutions must be deplored, and where the response is not always child-friendly, and does not systematically favor individual child development. It is moreover a domain where the State exerts its power in response to child offenses, very often through the deprivation of liberty ; and where the State’s interference also represses non-criminal behavior (running away, breaking disciplinary rules, breaking curfews, …), all of these actions would not be legally reprehensible if committed by an adult (status offence). And, alas this field of JJ sometimes accounts for violations of children’s rights at the hands of States themselves: in the arrest phase, in administrative detention, in the execution of judiciary sentences, but also in institutional care. The issue of JJ also includes children victims and witnesses....
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9 vidéos (Total 61 min), 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
4.2 Overview of the international legal framework on juvenile justice and child protection7 min
4.3 Interview on the Council of Europe Guidelines on child friendly justice: background and motivation13 min
4.4 Minimum age of criminal responsibility7 min
4.5 Protecting children's rights in JJ systems / “What works”: Effective methods to reduce juvenile delinquency9 min
4.6 Deprivation of Liberty4 min
4.7 Children as victims and witnesses4 min
4.8 Restorative Juvenile Justice3 min
4.9 Torture7 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz of Module 418 min
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par DMJun 17th 2017

I found this to be extremely informative along with being interesting. Children are our future and must be cared for at all costs while maintaining their rights. Thank you for this course.

par MMMar 1st 2018

For me, all our professors had imparted to us a Significant Human Experience they had taught from Week 1 to Week 7. I have learned to value and protect CHILDREN'S HUMAN RIGHTS.

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Roberta Ruggiero

Dr
Center for Children's Rights Studies

Philip D. Jaffé

Professor
Center for Children's Rights Studies

Jean Zermatten

Dr. h. c.
Center for Children's Rights Studies and International Institute for Children's Rights

À propos de University of Geneva

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is one of Europe's leading universities. Devoted to research, education and dialogue, the UNIGE shares the international calling of its host city, Geneva, a centre of international and multicultural activities with a venerable cosmopolitan tradition....

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