Course Description



Limited Enrollment = 24

Prerequisites: None Students who take this course may also take Child Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile Law.

Examines children’s rights and interests in the context of law and public policy about childhood, parenthood and family life. We will consider how law divides responsibility for children between parents and the state and consider what balance should be struck, including the role the government does and could play in helping families to meet children’s needs. We will look at law and policy governing parent rights, non-marital childrearing, child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption (domestic and international), education, disability and juvenile justice. Constitutional and international human rights norms will also be considered. Throughout we will think about how we could change law and policy to create a better world for children and families.