SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Childhood, Politics and the Law

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Course Not Running 2016/2017
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Term 1

This half-unit course running in Term 1 will critically examine legal, political, and social discourses and practices concerning children and childhood. Drawing on cross-disciplinary scholarship on childhood as a social construct, we will engage with, and call into question some prevalent notions about children’s nature, needs, and interests. Among the topics to be examined are: Children’s Rights and Child Liberationism; Childhood and Colonialism; Youth Crime and State Punishment; The Sexual(ised) Child; and The Child in Global Politics.

Method of assessment

Assessment is 80% coursework (two 3000 word essays), 10% seminar presentation, and 10% seminar participation. Coursework may be resubmitted.


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