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Final presentations

Category: Uncategorized

25 Jun 2013

imagesNearing the end of their 10.5 week post-graduate diploma programme in ‘Children, Youth & Development‘, all participants presented their final assignments today.

For this, participants could choose between preparing a ‘policy brief’, a ‘position paper’, or a ‘research proposal’, allowing participants to select a format that best fit the topic as well as their career paths. As usual, the topics presented varied greatly, including the impact of traditional male circumcision on education in Uganda, questions concerning family reunification and adoption in Argentina, sexual violence against girls in urban India, a global perspective on youth agency and popular music (hip hop), preventing violence against children in Pakistan, counteracting attitudes towards sexual abuse of students in Tanzania, the availability of HIV/AIDS services to youth with a disability in Ethiopia, and the role of children’s participation in disaster risk reduction in the Philippines.

After these stimulating presentations we now look forward to the graduation on Friday!




Category: CYS specialisation

14 Dec 2012

Following 15.5 months of course work and individual research projects the 2011-12 Children & Youth Studies students will be awarded their degrees today:


Below the titles of their individual Research Papers for an impression of the scope and diversity of their work:

The Challenges of Educated Young Women in the Labour Market: A review of perceptions and experiences of young women graduates in accessing formal employment in the private sector‘ (by Agnes Kyamulabi, Uganda)

Gendered Barriers to Secondary Schooling for Young Women: The Case of an Urban Slum in Delhi‘ (by Chandni Tandon, India)

The Voices Unheard – Exploring How Young People with Disabilities View and Experience their Growing Up as Sexual Beings: A Case Study in Akshay Prathisthan, New Delhi, India‘ (by Pham Do Nam, Vietnam)

The Revolution will not be Tweeted #TRWNBT‘ (by Juan Raúl  Escobar Martinez, Colombia)

Cambodian Youth as Creative Force in Cultural Reconstruction of the Khmer Traditional Arts‘ (by Takahiro Hara, Japan)

Discursive Representations of Young People in the Beetham Gardens: Marginalization, Discourses and Governmentality‘ (by Aleisha Holder, Trinidad & Tobago)

Young Migrant Women from South Asia in the UAE: Negotiating Identities under the Kafala System‘ (by Shipra Saxena, India)

Social Movement 2.0: An Analysis of Mobilization through Facebook in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution‘ (by Hani Shehada, Palestine)


Category: CYS specialisation

10 Oct 2012

As the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week, it is a good moment to reflect briefly on the attention paid to children and youth in these 60 years of development studies in the Hague.

The ISS can rightly be said to have played an important role in putting questions concerning the role and position of children and young people in development on the agenda. Much of the credit for this goes to Ben White, and a 1982 issue of the journal Development & Change (a journal published on behalf of the ISS) on the topic of ‘working children‘ is evidence of this early concern with children and youth in development and still makes for interesting read!

Issues concerning children and young people have for long been addressed as part of some MA courses at the ISS, but it wasn’t till the academic year 2000/2001 that this was consolidated into what was at first an optional course on ‘Children and Development’ (convened by Karin Arts & Ben White). Interestingly, it were students who played an important role in making this happen as they successfully lobbied for a full course on children in relation to development. Over the past 12 years this initial optional course has grown out into a solid specialization in children and youth studies within an MA programme in Development Studies. In addition, since 2002 the ISS has been offering a 10.5 weeks intensive Postgraduate Course in ‘Children, Youth and Development’.

Given this history of children and youth studies at the ISS it is no surprise to see that this topic is well-covered by the various events happening as part of the ISS’s 60th anniversary. The Development Dialogue organized by the ISS PhD community last Monday and Tuesday included two panels on ‘children & youth’. In addition, the colloquium on Social Policy for Development which is organised as part of the Lustrum activities features a current children and youth studies student and will, among other things, address questions about youth (un)employment.

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