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Children are the future but also the present, they must be respected as social subjects with own views, ideas and feelings. Children should have the possibility to play an active and responsible role in their environments.

Therefore it is necessary to protect their rights and to ensure their full implementation.

If children’s rights are to be implemented, this world will be a different one.

Studying the MACR will enable you to contribute to making this a reality.

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Successful graduation prepares you to take on leading positions in the following areas (a.o.):

  • human rights, children’s rights and child and youth aid organisations
  • national and international NGOs
  • international organisations (e.g. EU, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR)
  • research and training related to childhood and children’s rights
  • international development cooperation
  • internationally and intercultural oriented learning
  • migration and refugee work
  • children's advocay/children's ombudsmen
  • social affairs ministries, communal administrations
  • journalism
  • social economy

 

Nowadays, the society demands more and more independent child representatives. The qualifications one achives at the M.A. in Childhood Studies and Children's Rights are the basis for that field of activity. Mehr dazu hier (pdf). (in german!) 

A more specific description of the occupational area is listed here (pdf) (in german!).

Examples of work and activities MACR graduates are engaged in are:

-          UNHCR Child Protection Manager in Uganda;

-          School director of a reform high school.

-          Children’s Ombudsman of a Child and Youth welfare institution

-          Member of Senate and director of the committee on children and youth in Brandenburg, Germany

-          Office director of the minister for work and social affairs in Brandenburg

-          Speaker of the federal direction of the German Scouts organisation

-          Researcher and project coordinator at the German Institute of Human Rights

-          Programme director “ a chance to play-o direito de brincar“ based in São Paulo (Brazil), terre des hommes Germany

-          Speaker of the  Kenniscentrum Kinderrechten (Children's Rights Knowledge Centre, KeKi) in Ghent, Belgium;

-          Director of the international program section at Save the Children, Germany;

-          Director of a self-founded NGO, based in Togo (agbe: www.agbe.org);

-          Director of the Observatory on institutions of delinquent youth in Paraguay.

-          Member of a film production enterprise

-          Freelance Journalist

Some graduates have dedicated themselves to further academic studies (PhD) in Germany and Europe, e.g. on themes such as „FGM und Human Rights Education“ or "Rights-based approach to social justice. Agricultural bonded labour in India and Nepal" or „Developing a Children’s Rights Module for Teacher Education”. 

 

 

Successful graduation prepares you to take on leading positions in the following areas (a.o.):

  • human rights, children’s rights and child and youth aid organisations
  • national and international NGOs
  • international organisations (e.g. EU, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR)
  • research and training related to childhood and children’s rights
  • international development cooperation
  • international and intercultural oriented learning
  • migration and refugee work
  • children's advocacy/children's ombudsmen
  • social affairs ministries, communal administrations
  • journalism
  • social economy

Nowadays, society demands more and more independent children’s ombudsmen and representatives. The qualification and knowledge gained in the M.A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights are the basis for this field of activity. Mehr dazu hier (pdf). (in German!) 

A more specific description of possible work placements can be found here (pdf) (in german!).

Examples of work and activities MACR graduates are engaged in are:

-          UNHCR Child Protection Manager in Uganda;

-          School director of a reform high school.

-          Children’s Ombudsman of a Child and Youth welfare institution

-          Member of Senate and director of the committee on children and youth in Brandenburg, Germany

-          Office director of the minister for work and social affairs in Brandenburg

-          Speaker of the federal direction of the German Scouts organisation

-          Researcher and project coordinator at the German Institute of Human Rights

-          Programme director “ a chance to play-o direito de brincar“ based in São Paulo (Brazil), terre des hommes Germany

-          Speaker of the  Kenniscentrum Kinderrechten (Children's Rights Knowledge Centre, KeKi) in Ghent, Belgium;

-          Director of the international program section at Save the Children, Germany;

-          Director of a self-founded NGO, based in Togo (agbe: www.agbe.org);

-          Director of the Observatory on institutions of delinquent youth in Paraguay.

-          Member of a film production enterprise

-          Freelance Journalist

Some graduates have dedicated themselves to further academic studies (PhD) in Germany and Europe, e.g. on themes such as „FGM und Human Rights Education“ or "Rights-based approach to social justice. Agricultural bonded labour in India and Nepal" or „Developing a Children’s Rights Module for Teacher Education”. 

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The M.A. Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights was launched for the first time in October 2007. Originally the program was called: European Master in Children's Rights (EMCR).

Student intake and enrolment is annually for the Winter Semester (courses begin in October). The Master lasts 3 semesters (1,5 years)

 

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Please send all your applications documents to: macr@fh-potsdam.de. The required documents are listed on the application form.

Please note that you have to include all application documents, otherwise the application is not valid.

The number of students is restricted to a max. of 28.

The application deadline is 15 May (to start studying in October the same year)

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The MA in Childhood Studies and Children's Rights is directed to everybody interested in working in the field of children's rights and in particular to:

- Graduates of social sciences, law, education, social work and graduates of other disciplines with first professional expereinces in working with and for children and/or young people.

- Professionals in governmental and non-governemntal institutions and organisations in the field of youth work, education, social services, health and law with a first academic degree (BA, equivalent or higher).

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In order to commence your studies at University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, you have to fulfill the following entry requirements:

  • Interest to contribute to the implementation of children's rights in different work areas
  • A bachelor’s degree (BA) or equivalent academic degree.
  • Approx. 1 year work experience, after finishing an undergraduate degree (B.A. or similar), in the area of child and youth work, education, social services, health, law, media, international development cooperation or similar areas.
  • Knowledge of English (Level: min. B2; see also language requirements below)
  • Submission of the application documents. More information on the application process is to be found here

In case there are study places open, persons with 1 year work experience in the above-mentioned areas who do not have an academic degree may study the program, however they will not be awarded an official M.A. degree. A certificate can be issued to these students.

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Lectures and seminars are offered in English. Candidates whose first language is not English, and the first university degree was not earned in English, have to confirm their English language skills (e.g. work/ study/ internship experiences in an English speaking country; native speaker; language of instruction of previous study program was English).

Spanish knowledge is an asset, as some literature and sources are available only in Spanish (this is not a formal requirement).

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With your application you need to prove your working experience. You need to have worked for at least one year after finishing your undergraduate degree (B.A. or similar). Your working experience should fit our master program: e.g. child and youth work, education, social services, health, law, media, international development cooperation or similar areas.

When submitting proof of your working experience, you do not need to be in a permanent position. We also accept internships, voluntary services and community services. Please be advised that you have to prove your working experience (contract of employment, letter of reference or other proof by your employer or similar) with information on your hours of work. 

In case you are a freelancer, please have your working experience proved by a third party (fiscal authorities, invoices etc.).

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Tuition fees for the MACR are paid in full for the whole three semester.

At the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam the tuition fee is 5965€.

In addition, enrolment fees apply for each semester. At FH Potsdam these fees amount to approx. 290€ per half year, including a semester ticket for public transportation in Brandenburg and Berlin.

Please plan on costs for living in addition to these costs (apartment/room, food, clothing, books etc).

 

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The M.A. Childhood Studies and Children's Rights unfortunately does not have a scholarship program. We are working on contracts for small scholarships, however these will only be availble after admission to the course. Nonetheless there are possibilities to acquire funding/a scholarship for studying the MACR, information can be found on the following websites (please click on the blue titles):

 

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (The program also supports internships in foreign countries financially)

Stipendium Plus - Promoting young talent in highter education

Mawista Scholarship for students that have children (forgeiners studying in Germany or Germans that go abroad)

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (for non-German students who have obtained their first academic degree from a non-German university)

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (website only available in German)

Stipendienlotse (website only available in German)

Private german foundations (website only availabe in German)

ERASMUS MUNDUS (for students applying from countries outside Europe)

Semester abroad (for students who wish to study one semester at the Freie Universität)

Studying abroad (for students who are enrolled at Freie Universität)

 

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Not at the moment. It was developed and established in coherence to university degree accreditation criteria, it is planned to start the accreditation process at University of Applied Sciences in Winter 2017/18.

 

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What?

When?

ECTS

Childhood Studies

Understanding Children’s Rights

Methods and Techniques of Childhood and Children’s Rights Research

Semester 1

Semester 1

Semester 1

10

10

10

Work and Education of children

Children Out Of Place

Children and Media

Semester 2

Semester 2

Semester 2

10

10

10

Internship/ Practical Project or Research Proposal

Master Thesis

Semester 3

Semester 3

10

20

Total

 

 90

Here you find the Study Schedule for 2016/17.

Further, more detailed information can be found in the Modulhandbuch (in German only)

Examination and study regulation for the MACR at University of Applied Sciences can be found here (in German only)

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At the Free University Berlin the following modules are offered:

1. Childhood studies

2. Children's rights

3. Methods and techniques of childhood and children's rights research

4. Work and education of children

5. Socially disadvantaged and discriminated children and child rights oriented practice

6. Children and Media

7. Internship/ Research

8. Master Thesis

More information on the content and qualification of each module can be found in the study regulation (Please be aware that this is the old study regulation, translated from German).

The current study regulations (for the 1,5 year, 90 ECTS program) can be downloaded here (in german!).

The current examination regulation can be downloaded here (in german!).

For information on the contents offered at the partner universities, please consult the respective homepages.

 

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The individual modules consist of at least two complimentary study and learning forms

Face-face sessions are scheduled for Thursday in the late aftrenoons/early evening hours (4pm or 5pm-8pm) and the whole day on Fridays (9am-6pm) and Saturdays (9am-5pm)

In addition, self-study is required (reading, presentations and writing of essays/module papers)

The schedule for 2016/17 can be downloaded here.

Please be aware that all materials are made available online- it is advisable to have a fast and good internet connection.

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Each module is concluded with an examination in the form of a written paper of about 5.000 words. For each successfully completed module, students receive 10 ECTS (European Credit Points). The final thesis is assessed with 20 ECTS. After successfully completing all modules, students receive a total of 90 ECTS.

Exact information on the examination regulations can be found in the Studien- und Prüfungsordnung. (in German!)

 

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No. It is not mandatory to study parts of the program abroad. However, during the program, students can apply to take part in the ERASMUS + program and spend one semester abroad in one of our partner universities. Some of our partners are presented on the following website. It is not yet clear with which partner universities we will have Erasmus + exchange agreements, as the MACR will be offered at University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam for the first time in 2016/17. It is planned to set up agreements with: United Kingdom (London), Lithuania (Vilnius), Portugal (Braga), Romania (Cluj-Napoca), Sweden (Stockholm) and Switzerland (Geneva). Updates will be posted here. (likely in July/August 2016).

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Please contact the German Embassy in your country to find out about visa regulations. Students from the EU do not require a visa.

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For further information please contact Rebecca Budde: budde@fh-potsdam.de : Tel: +49-(0)30- 838-52734 or Delaja Harder: tel: +49 (0) 30-838-56329.

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If you wish to receive personal consultancy, please have a look at the following links. They might be helpful:

 

Studentenwerk

Social Counseling

Beratung für Studierende mit Behinderung und chronischer Erkrankung (website only in German)

Students with Children

BAföG, Elterngeld, Kindergeld etc. (website only in German)

ISFU - International students at FU

 

If you have any questions concerning the study program or your personal studies within the program, do not hesitate to contact the coordination team.

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The Studentenwerk Potsdam provides student dormitory rooms which are available in different districts. The costs range from 150 € and 300 €/month. You will find contacts to the different dormitories on the following website: http://www.studentenwerk-potsdam.de/index.php?id=12.

Please check also the following websites:

- WG gesucht

- Craigslist

- Kurzzeit WG

- Klipp und Klar

- WG für Dich

- WG company

- biete-WG.de

 

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We are a founding member of the European Network of Masters in Children's Rights (ENMCR). If you wish to receive the ENMCR newsletter, subscribe to CR news at: info@enmcr.net

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