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Children's Rights Studies Online (CRS Online)

Development of three digital modules on children's rights issues

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Teaching project
Forming Society
Cooperation partners:

14 international universities


The aim of the DAAD-funded project Children's Rights Online (CRS Online) is to develop and digitise three (English-language) modules on children's rights topics in cooperation with a total of 14 partner universities in Australia, Europe, Germany and Latin America. The modules will be offered at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the partner universities. The following modules are planned (one basic, one methodological and one application module):

  • Understanding children's rights and critical children's rights studies
  • Research with children and young people: participation and ethics
  • Key themes in children's rights studies, case studies and applied research

In addition, existing modules of the MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR) Master's programme will be further developed and supplemented with new focal points based on the respective research priorities of the partner universities. Between November 2020 and May 2021, a digital webinar series on the topic: Children's Rights as a Cross-Cutting Socio-Political Field of Study and Action will be offered as an open, low-threshold offer for students, researchers and teachers from all over the world. The recorded webinars also serve as a basis for the development of the digital modules.

Universities in Europe that have been cooperating with each other in the Children's Rights European Academic Network (CREAN) for about 15 years are involved in the project. The network was founded on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel, Director of the Master's programme Childhood Studies and Children's Rights, and the Peruvian child rights activist Dr. Juan Enrique Bazán. The project also expands the cooperation with non-European universities and will expand and deepen the international relations of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and MACR in particular. The expansion of the children's rights community for the exchange of all participating members is a further building block for international research and teaching on the socio-political cross-sectional topic of human rights with a focus on the rights of children. The participants in MACR as well as in the modules developed within the project carry the contents and acquired competences into practice, with the aim of contributing to social change.

Cooperation partners:

  • Protestant University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany (Prof. Dr. Anne Wihstutz)
  • European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (Prof. Dr. Spyros Spyrou)
  • Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany (Prof. Dr. Beatrice Hungerland, Prof. Dr. Michael Klundt)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (Ps. Claudia Espinoza)
  • Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland (Prof. Dr. Laura Lundy, Bronagh Byrne)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (Dr. Lourdes Gaitán, Dr. Begoña Leyra)
  • Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina (Mgter. Claudia Yarza, Lic. Cecilia Robert, Lic. Carolina Aciar)
  • Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Prof. Dr. Maria Roth and Dr. Mihai-Bogdan Iovu)
  • Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands (Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard)
  • University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Prof. Dr. Kay Tisdall)
  • University of Minho, Braga, Portugal (Prof. Dr. Natália Fernandes)
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Dr. Noam Peleg)
  • Uniwersytet w Białymstoku, Poland (Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Sawicki)
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland (Dr. Urszula Markowska-Manista)