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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Addresses the history and theory of children's rights in both the international and domestic socio-legal contexts and the complex relationships between the protection, provision and participation rights included within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant human rights instruments and national laws. Evidence-based policy and practice issues will be discussed through case studies, with a focus on the place of child advocacy in promoting children and young people's well-being, rights and interests within their families and communities.

Unit content

  • History of children's rights
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Children's rights in international and Australian socio-legal contexts
  • Other human rights instruments and national laws
  • Protection, provision and participation rights - the complexities of the relationships between these types of rights and how well they are respected in children and young people's daily lives
  • Evidence-based policy and practice as applied to children's rights
  • Child advocacy and the promotion of children and young people's wellbeing, rights and interests within their families and communities

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the history of children's rights in its international socio-legal context and critically reflect on its impact on law, policy and practice
2 describe the philosophies, principles and monitoring processes underpinning the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other relevant human rights instruments and national laws
3 critically reflect on the complex relationships between, and the representations of, the 'Three P's' - protection, provision and participation rights in the UNCRC
4 discuss the role of evidence-based policy and practice in relation to children's rights
5 advocate for the promotion of children and young people's wellbeing and interests within their family and community contexts.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the history of children's rights in its international socio-legal context and critically reflect on its impact on law, policy and practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. describe the philosophies, principles and monitoring processes underpinning the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other relevant human rights instruments and national laws
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. critically reflect on the complex relationships between, and the representations of, the 'Three P's' - protection, provision and participation rights in the UNCRC
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. discuss the role of evidence-based policy and practice in relation to children's rights
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. advocate for the promotion of children and young people's wellbeing and interests within their family and community contexts.
    • GA3:
    • GA4: