Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5135
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
The objective of the course is to analyze, discuss and participate in various programmatic approaches that are presently being implemented for children around the world. Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child will be discussed and used as a paradigm and benchmark for analyzing programs. The present development agenda and trends will be debated in light of children’s situation and the human rights-based approach in both developing and developed countries. The course will also examine the topics of children in emergencies, child health and nutrition, access to education and children living in urban slums. Furthermore, students will attempt to view child rights and poverty issues through the lens of a child, which will require a personal connection to some of the coursework assignments. Some UNICEF senior experts and child rights practitioners will provide their experience and vision as guest speakers in the course. The course will be a combination of lectures, student-led discussions and student presentations on 'child programs' case studies. Active participation and debate will be promoted, and there will be a group assignment that will include reflective interviews on childhood experience as well as a group presentation. Students enrolled in this class will derive practical learning on children’s issues, poverty and globalization, as well as on policies and programs dealing with these issues. This knowledge can be applied in their future work and careers in the public, nonprofit, or private sector.