This module offers a critical evaluation of some of the tensions and contradictions found in the current political status of children and young people. Expectations of participation along with the acquisition of civic, social and political knowledge delivered through the curriculum are now a significant feature in the social policy agenda surrounding young people. For example, the communitarian responsibility associated with such participation can be contrasted with the denial of citizenship rights.
This module builds on the rights agenda as set out in the UNCRC and critically explores how protection and concerns in relation to safeguarding can equate to a denial of agency, where paternalism embedded in policy agendas functions as control and a denial of political agency. The traditionally dominant ascribed identities frequently placed on children and young people in a globalised context are critically explored here and future political status of this minority group contemplated.