OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning NA (self paced)
Tutorial online 1 hour (5)
Discussion Board postSR
Online Discussion (compulsory) SR
Position Paper40%
Written submission60%

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