Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Spring 2021

Taught By: Alberto Minujin

Section: A

CRN: 3386

Credits: 3

Why do so many millions of children suffer from deprivation, poverty, abuse, violence and discrimination? Why is inequality so extreme? What can be done at a global, national and local level? Why are we failing the future generations? Why do children make up half of all poor people in the world? These are some key questions that will be addressed and discussed during the course. The objective of the course is to analyze and unpack various programmatic approaches that are presently being implemented for children around the world. Human Rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child will be examined and used as a paradigm for analyzing programs. The global agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be critically analyzed and linked with the New Urban Agenda. Current development policies will be debated in light of children’s situations and the human rights – based approach in both developing and developed countries. The course will also examine topics around humanitarian emergencies, child health and nutrition, access to education, and poverty. In this semester, a particular focus will be on urban inequality and how this affects children and adolescents. UNICEF senior experts and child rights practitioners will provide their experience and vision as guest speakers. 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 a final assignment will include reflective interviews on childhood experiences. Students will derive practical learning on policies, programs and issues affecting children, poverty, and globalization. The goal is to acquire practical knowledge that can be applied in their careers going forward in the public, nonprofit, or private sector.

This course is part of the Development concentration and Governance & Rights concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:08pm 7/2/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 304

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/4/2021