Working methods

Methodologically, the emphasis is mainly on knowledge acquisition, capacity building and offering a platform for critical and strategic reflection. Critical and strategic reflection is achieved by devoting explicit day themes to this topic, by means of the programme structure (confrontation of several disciplinary perspectives, approaches and schools), and through the working methods (working groups, open forums, assignment).
Participants are encouraged to integrate this critical and strategic reflection in their own thinking. Participants are expected to extensively engage in discussions with others and to work on an individual assignment. This short essay invites them to clarify the consequences of the integration of this reflection for their own society, field of action and professional activities.
Introductory lectures are followed by Q&A sessions and time for discussion. Participants are expected to actively participate in the workshops, which are conducted in small working groups.

Individual Assignment
Participants are expected to write an essay of max. 2,500 words in which they critically reflect on their own understanding of children’s rights, and on opportunities and challenges for adopting a children’s rights based approach to their work. In this way, the individual assignment aims at encouraging critical reflection on one’s own professional work in the field of human and/or children’s rights, and at the promulgation of inspiring practices. Guidance and feedback is provided by the organisers. A selection of papers will be published in the CICCR course report.

Examples of assignments from participants of previous editions can be found here.