As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Australia has a legal, moral and ethical responsiblity to ensure that people who work with children have a sound understanding of the Convention.
ACU offers one of the only units in Australia which addresses the UNCRC and its implications for professionals working with children.
EDFD672 Children's Rights Education examines the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989) and its implications for practice. It has a particular focus on the participation rights of children, with emphasis given to Indigenous children, children with disabilities and children deemed to be on the margins of society. Children's rights are explored in relation to curriculum, pedagogy and research. The role of educators and other professionals in strengthening understandings of children's rights will also be included.
The unit is taught by Professor Deborah Harcourt and Dr Jonathon Sargeant. Professor Harcourt and Dr Sargeant are the only Australian's to have completed the International Interdisciplinary Course on Children's Rights, a course underwritten by UNICEF. The course is held at the Universities of Ghent and Antwerp. Deborah and Jonathon have used their learnings from this program as the basis for the development of EDFD672.
The Faculty of Education and Arts invites enrolments from individuals wishing to complete this unit of study as a standalone unit to assist their professional development.
The unit is offered fully online between February and June.
Participants have the choice of two fee structures:
Fee paying Non Award
Upon successful completion student will receive an ACU academic transcript. The unit can then be credited towards a Masters level degree.
Statement of Attainment
Students will receive a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion of the unit.