What are the implications of creating a universal concept of
childhood on the day to day lives of children around the globe?
The universal concept of childhood relates to the attempt of the
UNCRC to create a universal discourse of what a child is and how they
should be treated. This question is asking you to consider the impact of
universalising the concept of childhood on childhoods around the globe.
Firstly briefly introduce the creation of a universal concept of
childhood through the UNCRC. I then suggest that in the main body of the
text you look to pull out the ‘positive’ and the ‘negative’ impacts. There is a
lot of literature on the impact of the UNCRC from people who think it is the
best thing ever and also from those who are highly critical about the
difference it makes.
I suggest that you conclude by highlighting your main points and
also maybe suggesting whether overall you think the implications are
‘positive’ or ‘negative’ and if you would like to see changes in the future.
• Ensure you have a good understanding of the question, and structure the essay in a way which clearly shows how you are answering
the question or responding to the statements made. Make good use of subheadings to structure your essay. Please include an
introduction and a conclusion.
• You are required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant academic texts on the history, anthropology and sociology
of childhood and youth in a global context.