SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3M225831
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

Discussion of children, who they are, how they are defined socially and legally both domestically and internationally. A history of children's rights which led to the Declaration on Children's Rights, and eventually the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Exploration of the drafting process, underpinning ethos and consensus involved in adopting the UNCRC. Examination of the UK member state's treatment of the UNCRC and how this has impacted upon legislation in Scotland as well as in England, and Wales. Specific discussion of key articles in the UNCRC relating to the age of the child, best interests, evolving capacities, the right to be heard, the right to freedom of expression, the right to protection from physical punishment, the right to an identity and the right to education. Using contemporary examples and journal articles from a range of disciplines this module will emphasise the interdisciplinary, holistic approach to children's rights which is required. There will also be discussion of contemporary issues in children's rights and some acknowledgement of the children's rights theories which underpin them - will and interest theories, educational empowerment theories and general children's rights based processes to allow students to explore areas which interest them.


Who is a child? Who is an adolescent? History of children's rights The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Drafting, Underpinning aims, Consensus, Monitoring of the Convention Specific Rights to be examined in detail: Article 1 - Age of the child Article 3 - Best Interests of the Child Article 5 - Evolving Capacities Article 12 - Right to be Heard and Autonomy Article 13 - Right to Freedom of Expression Article 19 - Protection from Physical Punishment Article 28 - Right to Education Scotland and Children's Rights - Children's Hearing System, Scottish Government initiatives, The Year of Young People, Policy and Guidance. A look at the future of children's rights.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Generic outcomes:1. Identify and retrieve up to date legal information using paper and electronic repositories;2. Use primary and secondary legal sources which are relevant to the topic under study and current at the point of assessment;3. Present knowledge and information using sources to support arguments and conclusions; 4. Provide recognised methods of citation and reference.Module specific outcomes:5. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the history and reasoning behind children's rights;6. Understand the drafting processes involved in the UNCRC, the legal status of the UNCRC and the monitoring reports of the committee;7. Critically analyse and evaluate children's rights and how these are enforced nationally and internationally. Appreciate and develop a critical and analytical awareness relating to contentious areas of children's rights;8. Awareness of contemporary issues in relation to children's rights - nationally and internationally.Overall outcome: 9. Provide diverse opportunities for students to choose specific areas of interest within the broad subject area to develop their research skills and critical awareness of an area of children and adolescent rights which interests them.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching of the module will be delivered via combination of lectures and seminars. Students will have 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of workshops and 12 hours of seminars during the trimester. This combination will allow some directed learning, some supported learning and some skill building around research and writing skills to help the students engage in research. Internalisation: The delivery of this module will set Scots, UK and International law as appropriate in an international context. Feedback will be provided to students as follows: -359 1. Students will be provided with written feedback within three weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action to be applied in future submissions. The tutor will also provide generic feedback at the seminars where coursework will be handed back. Students may also discuss any points with their lecturer or tutor. 2. The virtual learning environment site will be used to feedback overall performance by students on summative assessments highlighting overall strengths and weaknesses. 3. Discussion boards will be used to encourage teacher and peer-to-peer dialogue on certain topic areas where this form of communication would be regarded as effective. Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module questionnaire. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU enabled and with support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCU Learn to ensure student support and information sharing.

Indicative Reading

Given the nature of the module and its interdisciplinary reach there will not be any textbooks for this module. I will make chapters of books available, in conjunction with journal of articles and written notes. Any textbooks would be extremely expensive and fail to cover the breadth of the course. Main journal: International Children's Rights Journal - peer reviewed

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Analysis, Synthesis, Critical Judgement and Evaluation. The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information to construct written or oral solutions to a problem by bringing together and integrating relevant information, and selecting key material, from a variety of different sources. The ability to present arguments for and against propositions, acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: Personal Management, Independence and Ability to Learn. The ability to organise and prioritise effectively the expenditure of time and effort in th performance of all aspects of student work. The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon their learning, seeking and making use of feedback. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: independent study, participation in seminars, and workshops, preparation for researched essay and developing, utilising and putting into effective practice research skills needed for their dissertation. Communication and Literacy The ability to communicate information, ideas, advice and choices in an effective and succinct manner and in plain English without losing focus on key issues. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing (and, where appropriate, by the use of electronic means) using the English language accurately by creating work which is comprehensible to the intended audience. The ability to create documents which are analytical, descriptive and inquisitive using appropriate terminology and recognised methods of citation and reference. Such skills are developed within this module through the following activities: oral participation and contribution in lectures, oral opinions expressed in lectures, researched essay and the literature review (all of which require students to identify and access primary and secondary source materials.)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Essay (1500 words).
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Literature Review (2500 words).