In line with the recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, these studies educate people to a niche, and distinct, yet exclusive labour market.
A graduate of interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies (MICRACS) a Master's Degree confirming completion of second-cycle studies in the field of interdisciplinary MICRACS – with the leading discipline in the field of education. Such qualifications will allow our alumni to act as a leader and defender of children's rights in various educational institutions and environments.
Interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies (MICRACS) take into account recommendations and strategies developed for the needs of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, take a flexible, partially experimental form of education focused on educational projects and alternative solutions. This will enable the so-called key competences (necessary for the implementation of projects), which include: communication in English as a foreign language, learning skills, social and civic competences, initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression, and IT competences.
MICRACS are focused on new, important social and educational challenges related to children's rights. They are to respond to Poland's obligations resulting from the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to prepare staff for central and local government and non-governmental institutions dealing with the observance of children's rights (Office of the Ombudsman for Children, Human Rights Ombudsman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Warsaw City Hall, local government offices, mayor’s offices), as well as to the media and pedagogical social, cultural and educational institutions dealing with designing work with children, activities of various educational institutions and intervention in cases of violating children's rights. An important potential place of work for graduates of interdisciplinary studies on childhood and children's rights are non-governmental organizations (over 80 organizations and associations associated with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children).
Pursuant to Poland's obligations resulting from the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - Interdisciplinary studies on childhood and the rights of the child prepare professional staff that will deal with: monitoring children's rights and implementing special programs and recommendations related to children's rights (right to: life, family and social support), health, education, non-violence.
A graduate of the interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies (MICRACS) may also obtain employment in the media dealing with children's problems, in non-governmental organizations in local government as an expert, specialist, evaluator and creator of systemic solutions at any level of social policy: local government, commune, district, voivodeship, nationwide. They may occupy special positions related to research and activities for children's rights, may act as an advisor, social spokesperson, defender or educator of children's rights.
Thanks to an extensive variety of practices, a graduate of MICRACS has the skills to work with and for the benefit of children, and also has the social capital of the Polish and international community of children's rights activists.
A graduate of interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Rights and Childhood Studies (MICRACS):
- Becomes an expert on child welfare, early intervention, child support systems, children's rights and the environmental dimension issues.
- Has pedagogical, psychological, sociological, political, legal and medical knowledge that allows the graduate to understand the process of child development and the upbringing of a child in various environments. The alumni know and understand the various faces of childhood, its individual social, cultural, economic and political conditions in today's world. Moreover, is prone to critical analysis of information sources and a deep analysis of academic texts, perfecting their own technique of academic writing. The alumni has knowledge of the research methodology, but most of all the legal and institutional framework of helping and supporting a child in multiple situations.
- Can look at the process of education from an individual and social perspective. Understands the child's individual effort as well as the socio-cultural contexts of upbringing and socialization.
- Is a reflective practitioner, can manage their own development, acquire theoretical and practical knowledge, reflectively evaluate themself and their actions, build and develop intellectual and social capital, respecting intellectual property.
- Is a caring guardian of a child, offering advice and assistance, while respecting the subjectivity and autonomy of the child, who can create challenges and situations prompting the child to engage in individual and collective educational activities.
- The graduate builds the professional biography on the basis of knowledge, skills and competences previously acquired at undergraduate studies, supported by various experiences of working with children and around their well-being and their rights, which is developed by taking part in research activities at the second-degree studies.
- The professionalism is based on universal values in the service of the child's welfare, respect for their dignity, freedom and childhood citizenship, combined with a compliant attitude towards the child, supporting their development and building a child-friendly social order directed at anti-discrimination and inclusive activities.
- Has a positive attitude towards oneself, towards the child, towards other people and towards the world. Becomes a constructive, creative person looking for new solutions, ready to initiate and implement changes.
- Builds professional identity in a local and global perspective, knowing understanding and developing Polish traditions, experiences and achievements in the field of children's rights, and at the same time is open to international processes, challenges and solutions implemented by various international environments and agendas.