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MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights

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Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR) is for anyone who wants to work in the field of children's rights. The program enables you to bring a children's rights approach to the workplace and opens up new ways of working with, for, and about children - theoretically and practically. MACR is offered both fully online and in a blended learning format with face-to-face meetings in Potsdam.

Degree:
Master of Arts
Type:
Full time
Advanced Master's program
Course language:
English
Standard study period:
3 semesters
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
01.02. – 15.05.
Admission requirements:
First professional university degree, 12 months of work experience, English language level C1
Credits:
90 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

International and interdisciplinary study program

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study childhood and children's rights in an international environment with students from all over the world and from different academic backgrounds.
The study program will enable you to bring a children's rights approach to the world of work and open up new ways of working with, for and about children - theoretically and practically. All seminars, tutorials and lectures in the Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR) program are offered in English.

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Goals:

  • To provide students with the skills necessary for working with children, youth and children's rights.
  • Acquisition of competencies in the application of scientific methods and skills as well as professional competencies in numerous fields of work relevant to children's rights (e. g. social work, social pedagogy, law, politics, media).
  • Development of good research methods.
  • Deepening theoretical foundations for the work of professionals.
  • Improving your academic writing skills.
  • Promoting the rights of migrant and refugee children and children's rights in medical treatment, which have received only marginal attention in childhood and children's rights studies.
  • Close collaboration with the professional community at the national and international levels. International organizations (NGOs) in particular contribute to implementation through guest lectures and seminars. In addition, many representatives of major organizations are members of the MACR Advisory Board.

Online or blended learning?

MACR is offered both fully online and in a blended learning format with face-to-face meetings in Potsdam, Germany. We enroll a maximum of 30 students in total, who can choose to study online or in Potsdam. Students who choose to come to Potsdam have regular face-to-face meetings with our teachers and learn in a group setting in a personal environment. Students who study MACR fully online also meet our instructors, but in virtual classrooms and at shorter intervals. Please make sure your PC has an internet connection with a download speed of at least 50 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 10 Mbps, as well as a microphone and webcam.

Both the online students and the Potsdam students will form a group that will be provided with the same materials and content and will do group work as well as individual instruction. Because students from both tracks form one student group, several sessions of the program will be organized to provide shared group assignments and asynchronous learning for all participants*. There are several benefits to both tracks. From last year's experience, we have learned that online learning and study has become very attractive, especially given the global pandemic situation. In addition, access to MACR is easier when travel is not required.

On the other hand, the traditional form of learning in a face-to-face environment creates an atmosphere of trust and learning much more easily than online. Since we are planning an introductory week in Potsdam for all students at the beginning of the program, there will be a group finding process that can be referred back to during the master's program. We are also planning a face-to-face meeting after the second semester, after all modules have been studied, to reflect on our learning process and to exchange ideas about the planned research for the master's thesis.

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Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Career prospects

Career Prospects

Traditional work areas

  • Child and youth welfare
  • Social services
  • Public services
  • Welfare and youth associations (NGOs)

 

International organizations

  • UNICEF, UNESCO, UNHCR
  • internationally active development cooperation organizations, especially those working for children, youth and families, e. g. Save the Children, terre des hommes, World Vision, Plan international, etc.

Conflict Management

Graduates of social work, education and training in childhood as well as educator training can expand and sharpen their profile, especially with regard to:

  • Conflict management and conflict resolution
  • Mediation
  • Violence prevention
  • Support for migrant and refugee children

Social work

  • in schools
  • School psychology
  • in the context of all-day care: this is particularly the case with the increasing number of all-day schools in Germany

Legal counsel

In Germany (and Austria), it is possible to work as a guardian ad litem (child advocate). For law graduates, the MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights provides qualifications and competencies in the field of juvenile and family justice.

Ombudsperson for children

By anchoring children's rights in different and diverse environments and areas, new professions and fields of work are opening up. First and foremost, the position of children's ombudsperson should be mentioned here. Children's ombudspersons are very rare in Germany - only a few municipalities and one federal state (Saxony-Anhalt) have such a position. The Master Childhood Studies and Children's Rights contributes to the establishment of child ombudspersons in all municipalities and regions in Germany (other countries are already better positioned in this area, but not only the positions, but also the equipment of the ombudspersons is the goal of MACR.

  • I am currently a qualitative research consultant at UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti and I am managing my own company - Articolo12 - providing other organizations with support in Project Cycle Management, training design and delivery, research, etc. focusing on children's rights.

    Graduate
    2018
  • This is a master that I can unreservedly recommend and focus on. It focuses on the child and their needs and interests (rather than their later usefulness to society). The Master is visionary in many ways and was designed by people who are passionate, inspiring and idealistic about children's rights.

    Graduate
    2016
  • I am PhD researcher at the Migration Law Research Group at Ghent University, Belgium. I study children's rights in appellate asylum proceedings in Belgium, using a multidisciplinary approach of legal ethnography. My research is supervised by Prof. Dr. Ellen Desmet and embedded in the interfaculty Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees(CESSMIR) and the Human Rights Centre(HRC). Before starting my PhD, I worked as a researcher and policy advisor for the Children's Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi, 2012-2020). In addition, I was involved in several research projects about children's rights and child abduction (University of Antwerp, 2016-2020).

    Graduate
    2013
  • In the master's program, I engaged with a variety of international and interdisciplinary perspectives on childhood and children's rights. This has broadened my horizons enormously and helped me to rethink my own concept of dealing with children. In my work, I would now like to incorporate the topics that were discussed and taught in the master's program into the further training of educators with the goal of making educational processes more child-centered.

    Graduate
    2013

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Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Study contents

Course of studies

The standard period of study for the fee-based master's program Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR) is three semesters and concludes with a master's thesis. The exact schedule can be found in the course schedule.

 

1st – 2nd semester 3rd semester
Compulsory modules Elective modules, master thesis, colloquium

Study Contents

Teaching formats

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Colloquia
  • Guest lectures

All teaching and learning formats are generally held on Thursdays and Fridays.

Mandatory modules

  • Childhood Studies
  • Understanding Children's Rights
  • Methods and Techniques of Childhood and Children's Rights Research
  • Work and Education of Children in an International and Intercultural Comparison
  • Children Out of Place and Child Rights Oriented Practice
  • Children and Media

Elective modules

  • Internship
  • Research
  • Practical project

Guest lectures

Our seminar program is enriched by expert guest lectures. We regularly invite international researchers and practitioners to give lectures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Academic writing

To improve academic writing skills, we offer an academic writing course each fall semester.

Practice Day

To open up various opportunities for internships and employment after graduation, we organize an internship day with NGOs in the field of childhood studies and children's rights every spring.

Thesis

  • Master thesis
  • oral presentation on the master thesis

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the course contents, study plans and descriptions of individual modules of the Childhood Studies and Children's Rights program can be found in the module handbook and in the subject-specific study and examination regulations.

Teaching

Lecturers

  • Dr. Rebecca Budde - Module: Kinderrechte, Schwerpunktthemen (Fachhochschule Potsdam)
  • Judit Costa - Module: Kinderrechte, Schwerpunktthemen (Kinderrechte Netzwerkarbeit)
  • M. A. Elena Frense - Module: Kinder und Medien (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Stiftung Digitale Chancen)
  • Prof. Dr. Beatrice Hungerland - Modul: Kindheitsforschung (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal)
  • Mohammed Jouni - Module: Schlüsselthemen (Jugendliche ohne Grenzen)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel - Module: Childhood Studies, Children's Rights, Key Themes (Begründer und Leiter des M.A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights; Professor für Soziologie, TU Berlin em.; Vorsitzender MACR)
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Maier-Höfer - Modul: Key Themes (Fachhochschule Darmstadt)
  • Dr. Urszula Markowska-Manista - Module: Kinderrechte, Forschung, Schwerpunktthemen (Universität Warschau; Fachhochschule Potsdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Maywald - Module: Kinderrechte (Deutsche Liga für das Kind; FH Potsdam; Sprecher der National Coalition für die Umsetzung der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention in Deutschland)
  • M. A. Philip Meade - Module: Kinderrechte, Schwerpunktthemen (Dipl. Soz.-Päd, M.A.; EMCR; Kinderrechtsbeauftragter bei Kompaxx e.V.; Direktor ProNats)
  • Karina Piersig - Module: Forschung, Kinder und Medien (Leiterin Digitales Lernen, Technische Universität München)
  • Iven Saadi - Module: Schwerpunktthemen (Politikwissenschaftler, M.A.)
  • Sabina Salimovska (MACR; Schulmediatorin/RAA)
  • Prof. Dr. Anne Wihstutz - Module: Kindheitsforschung; Evangelische Hochschule Berlin, Professur für Soziologie, Studiengang Elementare Pädagogik

  • Katerina Varella, EMCR
  • Anne Sophie Winkelmann (Anti Bias Workshop)

  • Prof. Dr. Erica Burman (School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK)
  • Nigel Cantwell (independent researcher on children's rights, UK/Switzerland)
  • Dr. Reinald Eichholz (former Commissioner for Children's Rights, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
  • Dr. Natália Fernandes (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter (Free University Berlin, Otto-Suhr Institute)
  • Prof. Dr. Maureen Maisha Auma (Diversity Studies, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Qvortrup (Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • MACR Graduates
Summer School

Allgemeine Informationen zur Summer School

Wir informieren Sie an dieser Stelle frühzeitig über den Termin und das Programm der nächsten Summer School in 2023.

Zielgruppen

BA- und MA-Studierende, die ihr Wissen über Kindheitsforschung und Kinderrechte erweitern möchten. Dazu gehören alle BA- und MA-Studierenden des Fachbereichs Sozial- und Erziehungswissenschaften der Fachhochschule Potsdam, einschließlich der derzeitigen MACR-Studierenden, da einige der Sommerschul-Seminare auch einen Teil der Seminare des Studiengangs ausmachen. Darüber hinaus werden Studierende aus Rumänien und Polen zusammen mit unseren eingeladenen Professor*innen teilnehmen.

Ziele

Ziel der Sommerschule ist es, unseren Studierenden Seminare anzubieten, Studieninteressierten die Möglichkeit zu geben, sich ein Bild von der Arbeit des MACR zu machen und Interessierte über Kindheitsstudien und Kinderrechte im Kontext von Wissenschaft und Praxis zu informieren.

Format

Die Sommerschule ist kostenlos und steht allen BA- und MA-Studierenden offen, die sich für Kindheitsstudien und Kinderrechte interessieren. Sie erstreckt sich über 12 Tage und folgt einem hybriden Modell aus Vor-Ort- und Online-Unterricht. Der Unterricht setzt sich aus interaktiven Workshops, partizipatorischen Seminaren und persönlichen Tutorien zusammen. Die Studierenden haben die Möglichkeit, sich durch Diskussionen, Gruppenarbeit und Präsentationen aktiv einzubringen.

Poster zur Summer School 2022 des Studiengangs M.A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights

All information at a glance

The next summer school is starting on September 12th, 2022. You can register by following this link.

Target group

BA and MA students who are interested in expanding their knowledge on childhood studies and children's rights. These include any BA and MA students of the social and educational science department of the FHP, including current MACR students, as some of the summer school seminars also make up some of the course's seminars. In addition, students from Romania and Poland will be attending, together with our invited professors.

The next summer school is starting on September 12th, 2022. You can register by following this link.

Target group

BA and MA students who are interested in expanding their knowledge on childhood studies and children's rights. These include any BA and MA students of the social and educational science department of the FHP, including current MACR students, as some of the summer school seminars also make up some of the course's seminars. In addition, students from Romania and Poland will be attending, together with our invited professors.

Goals

The goals of the summer school are to deliver seminars to our students, to give prospective students the opportunity to get an idea about what the MACR does and to educate interested persons on childhood studies and children's rights, within the context of academia and practice.

Format

The summer school is free of charge and open to any BA and MA student who is interested in childhood studies and children's rights. It takes place over 12 days, and follows an on-site/online hybrid model of teaching. The teaching is made up of interactive workshops, participatory seminars and intimate tutorials. The students will have the opportunity to actively contribute through discussion, group work and presentations.

Goals

The goals of the summer school are to deliver seminars to our students, to give prospective students the opportunity to get an idea about what the MACR does and to educate interested persons on childhood studies and children's rights, within the context of academia and practice.

Format

The summer school is free of charge and open to any BA and MA student who is interested in childhood studies and children's rights. It takes place over 12 days, and follows an on-site/online hybrid model of teaching. The teaching is made up of interactive workshops, participatory seminars and intimate tutorials. The students will have the opportunity to actively contribute through discussion, group work and presentations.

Content Overview

Please note: The student presentation and active participation throughout the summer school are mandatory to receive a certificate and the 2 ECTS points.

Monday, 12.09.22

Welcome dinner: Participants will have the opportunity to meet the coordination team and each other over drinks and snacks on campus.

Tuesday, 13.09.22 & Wednesday, 14.09.22

Adultism WorkshopThis is a seminar about power relations between adults and children, focusing on the discrimination faced by children by adults on account of them being children. This workshop is given online by Katerina Varella (MACR Alumna) and Anne Winkelmann.

Thursday, 15.09. 22

Individual study time.

Friday, 16.09.22

Introduction to Childhood Studies Seminar: This is an on-site/online hybrid introductory seminar to childhood studies as an academic discipline given by Prof. Dr. Urszula Markowska-Manista.

Saturday, 17.09.22

Potsdam excursion. This will give the students an opportunity to come away from campus and their screens and to explore Potsdam. The exact activity is yet to be confirmed.

Sunday, 18.09.22

Individual study time.

Monday, 19.09.22

Introduction to Children's Rights SeminarThis is an on-site/online hybrid introductory seminar to children's rights, oriented on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) given by Prof. Dr. Mihai Iovu.

Tuesday, 20.09.22

Berlin excursion. It is on the Day of the Child. This will give the students an opportunity to come away from campus and their screens and to explore Berlin. The exact activity is yet to be confirmed.

Wednesday, 21.09.22

Towards the end of the summer school the students will be given the opportunity to have a short one-on-one or peer group online tutorial to individually and collectively process all that they have learned.

Thursday, 22.09.22

Child sexual development Seminar. This is an on-site/online hybrid introductory seminar to childhood sexual development and other related themes surrounding childhood sexuality, given by Prof. Dr. Friederike Lorenz-Sinai.

Friday, 23.09.22

Student presentations, on-site/online hybrid, followed by a group discussion, including considering ideas for future summer schools.

Saturday, 24.09.22

Goodbye Dinner. All participants will have the opportunity to connect once again over snacks and drinks on campus. There will be an on-site/online hybrid evaluation and self-reflection round among the students, as well as a reunion of MACR alumni.

Contact

Program Coordinator

Korinna McRobert

Korinna McRobert, M. A.

Akademische Koordination M. A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR)

Administrative coordinator

Nicol Tobar Salazar

Nicol Tobar Salazar, Bachelor of Laws

Administrative Koordination M. A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR)
Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

Required documents

The following application documents must be sent in one PDF document by e-mail (macr_application@fh-potsdam.de) to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by May 15th :

  • Completed application form(English or German)
  • Curriculum vitae (in tabular form)
  • Letter of motivation (700-900 words), please write in English
  • University degree (single copy)
  • Proof of ECTS/Credit Points
  • Including transcript of records
  • Proof of qualified practical work in the field of children's rights and childhood studies after completion of the first university degree (one year) - The proof should include the following information: Official date with signature, Time frame, Activities, number of hours (part-time/full-time)
  • Evidence of English proficiency (level C1, verifiable by transcripts - or informally by, for example, former teachers, confirmation of study or work abroad in an English-speaking country).

Admission criteria

  • First academic degree (bachelor's degree)
  • Work experience after completion of first university degree (twelve months)
  • Work experience should be related to Childhood Studies and Children's Rights
  • Proof should include: 
    •    official date & signature
    •    time frame 
    •    activities 
    •    working hours (part time/full time)  
  • English language skills (level C1)

Important note: If you obtained your first university degree at a university outside of Germany, you must apply to uni-assist in parallel with your application to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Please note that you have to send certified documents to uni-assist, otherwise your application will not be processed.
For further questions please contact uni.assist.

Admission and enrollment

If you obtained your first university degree at a university outside of Germany, you must apply to uni-assist at the same time as you apply to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Please note that you have to send authenticated documents to uni-assist or else they won't process your application. For further questions, please contact uni.assist.

The following aspects of your application will be considered in the selection process:

  • Grade of the first university degree (60 %)
  • Letter of motivation (40 %)

After admission, you will receive the admission letter and the matriculation certificate by e-mail.

Costs

For the Childhood Studies and Children's Rights program there is a semester contribution as well as a one time fee amounting to 7.600 Euros (total) needs to be paid. The fee can be paid in three installments.

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

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International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

International applicants

Contact

MACR Team

Program Director

Prof. Dr. phil. Friederike Lorenz-Sinai

Prof. Dr. Friederike Lorenz-Sinai

Professur für Methoden der Sozialen Arbeit und Sozialarbeitsforschung

Program Coordinator

Korinna McRobert

Korinna McRobert, M. A.

Akademische Koordination M. A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR)

Administrative coordination

Nicol Tobar Salazar

Nicol Tobar Salazar, Bachelor of Laws

Administrative Koordination M. A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (MACR)

Founder and patron

Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel

Prof. Dr. Manfred Liebel

Schirmherr des Studiengangs Childhood Studies and Children's Rights (M. A.)
Lehrbeauftragter

Student assistant

Lara Schaper

lara.schaper@fh-potsdam.de
Tel: +49 331 580-4121

 

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