Transformative Children's Rights Education

Course Codes:
Carlow Campus: CW-HRTCR-A
Wicklow Campus: CW-HKTCR-A

What is this programme about?
The aim of this module is to build the capacity of early years mentors and leaders to engage with and critique international and national early years policy and practice trends from a children's rights perspective, to consider a rights-based approach to the education and care of the young child, and to integrate and apply knowledge from across the programme.

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Critically appraise the legal rights of children and their parents in national and international law;
• Critically assess the approach of the Irish courts and the legislature to children's rights and analyse how those rights are protected and implemented, in light of recent societal, technological and legal developments;
• Identify and analyse areas of the law which are in need of reform, articulate and discuss any proposals put forward for such reform and debate their merits and formulate and advocate alternate proposals;
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of both legal analyses and the research literature relating to children's rights in the early years, and a rights based approach to the education and care of the young child aged 0-6.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Human Rights
International Children's Rights
Children's Rights In Ireland
Children's rights theories, tensions and debates
Rights-based approaches to the education and care of the child
Children's rights education: processes and pedagogies


10 Credit Module - NFQ Level 9


13 weeks - Part-time. 1 evening per week 7.00 - 10.00pm (Indicative).



Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2019

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Poor quality/unreadable documents may seriously affect the assessment of your application.

3. Apply online at The PAC online application system is now open for new postgraduate applications for the academic year 2019/2020. This is an online application system that allows applicants, for a non-refundable fee of €50 paid directly to PAC, to apply for multiple postgraduate programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow. Applications will be considered in order of preference. If you are successful in receiving an offer on your first preference or first choice of programme, all other preferences will be excluded. Similarly, if you are unsuccessful in your first preference, then your second preference will be considered and so forth.

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Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to request that some applicants attend for interview to determine their suitability for individual programmes.

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