Children and War


Course Information

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund over 2 million children worldwide have been killed in war. Further, children under 6 years have fought in at least 16 wars in 25 countries globally. War affected children face incomprehensible traumas and impediments — physically, socially, and psychologically. Although international humanitarian law purports that children’s rights must be respected during armed conflict, children are often held in captivity, forced to take up arms, separated from their families, and compelled to witness hideous crimes and death of their families and loved ones.

This course endeavors to enlighten students about the immediate and long-term impact of war on innocent children. Student will be encouraged to engage with local communities/programs and non-profit organizations dealing with former refugee children exposed to war, trauma and other political conflicts.

History of Children in War

Causes, Consequences, and Impacts of War on Children

Children’s International Human Rights Instruments

Illicit Arms Trade and Conflict Fuelling

Special Groups of Concerns: Unaccompanied Minors, Abandoned, Disabled, Orphans, Displaced and Refugees

Psycho-social and Behavioral Effects: (risks, consequences, therapy, intervention)

Health and Education of Children in War

Children as Torture and Trauma Survivors

Child Soldiers: Returning, Re-integration and Rehabilitation

Children and Youth Involvement in Conflict Resolution and Peace-building

Graduate students, professionals, and exceptional upper level undergraduates

Law enforcement officers, legal practitioners, international development workers, aid workers, mental health practitioners, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, policy makers, upper level university students, health administrators, researchers, international health experts, etc.

This introductory course will take a lecture format. There will be opportunities for guest speakers (former war-child, refugees, experts etc.) to be part of the teaching/learning process. Student will be expected to participate fully in discussions, group work and simulated case reports.

Next course event — forthcoming

Date: TBA

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Venues: TBA

Tuition: TBA

Registration: TBA

Attendance: 5 Week Days