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Course Description

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.

Instructor Details

Roberta Ruggiero

Roberta Ruggiero holds an MA in Law, an MA in Human Rights and Democratisation, and a PhD in Promotion and Protection of Children's Rights. She is Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Geneva's Centre for Children's Rights Studies, where she also acts as scientific coordinator of the Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights and the Summer School 'Children at the Heart of Human Rights'. She was formerly scientific coordinator of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood (ChildONEurope), Istituto degli Innocenti (2008-2013), senior lecturer at the University of Padua, Italy, and external professor on children's rights at the University of Molise, Italy. She has also worked as researcher at the IOM Europe Office and at UNICEF-Innocenti Research Office. Her research interests and publications include children's right in the EU framework of law and policy, independent national human rights institution for children, implementation of children's rights and comparative childhood governmental policies.



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By Sam J D on 31-Jan-19

I strongly recommend this for people who are passionately working among children across the globe. This is the need of the hour! Let's educate ourselves and serve the best for our children. Cheers!

By Mohamed A H H on 7-May-19

Thanks a lot to the faculty

By Akshita R on 22-May-19

A wonderfully designed course. Extremely engaging and interesting. All the speakers seem truly passionate about their subject areas and that comes across when they speak in their lectures and that makes the lesson all the more fun as a viewer.

By Daniella M on 17-Jun-17

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.

By Aruna P on 22-Feb-19

A very useful course full of informative resources. I would love to take more courses from Coursera similar to this one.

By Tia F on 29-Jan-19

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. The deadlines were flexible and the information was easy to digest.

By Sofa P O on 28-May-19

Great introduction, really good teachers

By Sushant P A on 18-Dec-18

I'm a first year law student and I find this course extremely informative, easy to understand and overall useful.

By PAULA V C on 13-Feb-19

muy completo

By Natouchka M F on 5-Mar-19

Excellent cours

By Liliana F D V A on 25-Mar-19

The content of this course is truly exceptional! I loved the diversity of topics presented and the instructors really made me want to go into further detail as I do research on my own! I believe that I would only like to point out that there were some discrepancies in the transcripts of the videos which, if corrected, would make this course just perfect. I would really like to thank all the experts and instructors for their invaluable time and support creating and sharing this MOOC with the community!

By Laurie B d R on 9-Dec-18

Great overview of the rights of the child around the world. It was great having an interdisciplinary approach!!