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EPP7082137, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ARIANNA SAULINI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses IUS/13 International Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: A knowledge of Human rights is indispensable to properly follow this course.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will introduce and critically examine the concept of children’s rights, focusing on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Students will acquire knowledge of the CRC’s guiding principles, which are relevant to the interpretation and implementation of provisions and rights of the CRC. Students will also get acquainted with State obligations and with the monitoring mechanism of the CRC as well as with the role of NGOs. The course will introduce students to the challenges of protecting children’s rights in practice and will provide them the preparation to tackle the operative problems of analysing data and campaigning and lobbying for children rights.
In this framework, Students will develop a critical capacity to read and effectively use Government and NGO reports. The course will also enable students to communicate properly with civil society organisations and the relevant stakeholders.
A special focus will be put on migrant children’s rights and educational poverty in Europe. The course will enable students to apply a child-centred approach to analysing legislation, policies and practices of public and private actors in these fields.
Examination methods: Assessment has the following components:
1. a closed-book written test in class, in a session of an hour, on the scheduled dates during the exam sessions. The test consists of two concise texts answering two out of three topics.
2. An oral group presentation on the topics /case study analysed during the course.
2. Attending students will be assessed also on the basis of their class participation and practical excercises;
3-. In case the closed-book test under 1 has a negative result, a student can take it again at the next exam sessions.
The examination will be held on a selected data for each sessions depending on the number of atteding students
Assessment criteria: Assessment criteria:
The closed-book written test is assessed taking into consideration: the level of knowledge acquired, the quality of argumentation, the clarity of exposition. Other criteria are: pertinence of personal comments, if any; consistency of the paragraphs produced with the proposed topic, and completeness of information.
Class participation is assessed taking into consideration, among other things, the student’s effort and engagement while delivering presentations and participating in class exercises and his/her taking part in discussions in class or during the field visit.
Course unit contents: Contents:
The course covers the following topics:
1. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
1.1. CRC as a legal instrument : guiding principles of the CRC.
1.2. Monitoring the CRC: periodic report to the UN Committee on the rights of the Child and the role of NGO’s network.
1.3. Case study: Italy
2. Campaigning on Children Rights: how to communicate children’s rights issues to the public and create a movement to achieve cultural and political change
2.1. Domestic campaign on educational poverty
2.2 International campaign
3. Data analysis on children rights: how to map children’s rights
3.1. Atlas on Children’s Rights in Italy
3.2. Create a map to locate children’s Rights at the regional level
3. Unaccompanied, migrants and refugee children: how to reform legal systems learning from field experience
3.1 First assistance and reception for unaccompanied foreign minors in Italy: a legal perspective and the field role of NGOs
3.2 Law 47/2017: lobbying to achieve a legal reform
3.2 Implementing the law : challenge and opportunities
4. Educational Poverty: a European perspective and domestic programme in Italy to address child poverty
4.1. Definition of educational poverty
4.2 Data on child poverty in Europe: an intergenerational transmission of disadvantage
4.3 Save the Children Italy’s programme response: “Punti luce”
4.4 Field visit to Punto Luce Marghera (Venezia)
5. Emergency response: a child rights’ perspective
5.1 Child-friendly spaces: the protection of children and adolescents in emergency situations in Italy
Some modules of the course will be developed as practical exercises.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Planned learning activities and teaching methods:
The course consists of lectures and expert seminars held by Save the Children Italy staff. In all areas, the active participation of students is considered an essential element of teaching, especially during the practical exercises in class. Attending students will be involved in practical exercises
Additional notes about suggested reading: Indications on study materials:
Study materials will be available to students on the Moodle platform before the course starts. Materials will include a selection of Save the Children publications and books, essays, reports to the CRC Committee.
- Law 47/2017 Provisions on measures for the protection of unaccompanied foreign minors (Italy);
- Save the Children Italy, Map of Unaccompanied Migrant and refugee Children in Italy, Short Executive Summary, June 2017;
- Save the Children Italia Onlus, Orientation towards the protection of children and adolescents in emergency situations in Italy, April 2012
- Child friendly spaces – The experience with migrant minors arriving by sea and in transit, Save the Children Italia Onlus, October 2016
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hart, Stuart N.; Thetaz-Bergman, Laura, The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child. --: Edwar Elgar Publishing, 2017. in: Barbara Stark (ed), Human Rights and Children
  • Invernizzi, Antonella, The Human Rights of Children: From Visions to Implementation. --: Taylor and Francis, 2016.
  • Save the Children Italy, Enlighten the Future 2030 – Goals to free children from educational poverty. --: --, 2015.
  • Child Rights Connect, The Reporting Cycle of the Committee on the Rights of the Child - A guide for NGO s and NHRI. --: --, 2014.
  • Save the Children, Ending Education and Child Poverty in Europe. --: --, 2016.