EDUC10180 Irish Childhoods

Academic Year 2023/2024

What is it like to be a child and grow up in Ireland today? What rights do children in Ireland have, and why do rights matter?
This module addresses questions like these, and will provide an introduction to some of the key issues relating to childhood and children’s rights in Ireland and in comparison with other countries. We will examine the meaning of childhood from different perspectives; children as rights holders; and children’s agency, participation, voice and citizenship. The overall aim is to enable students to critically reflect on their own beliefs and understandings of the status of children and young people, and to question the extent to which children’s rights are realised in different settings and in different cultures and societies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which childhood is constructed and understood
2. Demonstrate an awareness of children’s rights
3. Demonstrate an awareness of activities and developments aimed at promoting children’s rights and participation in Ireland
4. Consider the extent to which children’s rights have been realised in different domains in Ireland

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly, two hour interactive lectures which involve a mixture of traditional lectures, group based activities and discussion and guest speakers 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Concept map, mind map or poster Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Portfolio: Digital portfolio Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Presentation: Group presentation on assigned topic Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on presentation takes place in class during the final three weeks of the module. Feedback on final assignment is provided after grading

Name Role
Ashley Bough Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aoife Crummy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gabriela Martinez Sainz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Amalia Fenwick Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 14:00 - 15:50