"Listening to Children: rights, participation and voices of children in research and politics"

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Date: The course is planned for Aug/Sept 2024. Please note, the course is only carried out if we have enough applicants (internal and external). In the beginning of 2024, we will notify those who have registered their interest about if the course will be implemented and if so, a preliminary study guide with schedule/ timeline, list of literature, etc.

Course Directors: Professor Karin Zetterqvist Nelson and Assistant Professor Jonathan Josefsson, Department of Thematic Studies – Child Studies

Course Description

Today, the listening to children and youth has gained significant currency in research and politics. Child participatory methods, surveys for young people, and the collecting of narratives focusing on children’s voices are increasingly used to address societal problems and to provide legitimacy to political solutions. In the wake of a growing scholarly production in childhood studies and a global diffusion of children’s rights norms, the centering of young people’s voices have become a key strategy to guarantee participation and to improve matters of young people’s concern in various domains of society. Yet, at the same time, the emphasis on listening, participation and voice has become an integrated part of new forms of governance to control and regulate children and youth.

This course contains elements that aim to convey methodological and theoretical tools for a critical analysis of how children and young people's rights, participation and voices are used in research and politics of today. Furthermore, current research on the implementation of children's and young people's rights is addressed more specifically in relation to spheres like health care, migration, climate, education, and social services. The course engages critically with how child specific methodologies, like for instance child interviews and participatory observations, are designed to capture children's experiences and voices. Child methodologies will also be situated in a broader historical development of children and childhood research during the twentieth century to present day. The PhD candidates are encouraged to make use of their own research projects to engage with the key elements of the course.

Information about the course

  • Listening to Children, 7,5 ECTS, five weeks with four weeks on-line and one campus-based week at Child Studies, Campus Valla, Linköping.
  • The campus-based week in Linköping is the second of a five week course period.
  • Listening to Children is one of many courses at Child Studies Graduate School offered to PhD students; the courses are taught by Child Studies faculty and international and Swedish guest lecturers.
  • The department can provide guidance for housing alternatives.

To register your interest:

Please send an email to eva.danielsson@liu.se with cc to karin.zetterqvist.nelson@liu.se and jonathan.josefsson@liu.se. In your mail, include the following information: full name, contact details, affiliation, title of PhD project, name of supervisor and his/her contact details. We recommend attaching a short Letter of motivation for why you want to participate in the course.



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