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Department of Behavioral Sciences

SOCI/CHLD 3349.001 Child in Society TTh: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Room: FB 012

Spring 2015

Instructor: Aleksandra Veleva Cregler, MA

Office Hours: By Appointment



Course Objectives:
This course places children and childhood as primary focus, offering a sociological perspective, with global and cross-cultural context.
We will connect children’s experiences to concepts of childhood, drawing on research about children’s lives across the globe. We will examine how concept of childhood shape children’s lives and how children, in turn, shape concepts of childhood. Social themes such as: concept ideas about what children should and should not do; where children are safe and where they are at risk; where childhood begins and where it ends, as well as teen pregnancy, child soldiers, violence, bulling est. will be discussed.
The course offers an interpretive perspective, incorporating both micro (social psychological) and macro (structural) approaches. Attention will be given to historical, demographic and socioeconomic aspect as well.
This course may be especially beneficial to current or future policy makers, supervisors of children (Child

Psychologist/Psychiatrist, Social Workers, Health Professionals, Educators, Family Therapists) and parents alike.

At the end of this course, students should be able:
- To understand human behavior of different groups and their impact on children and society

- To think theoretically and critically about the use of the concept of childhood in sociological explanations

- To understand the nature of change and the extend of social problems of children

- To use essential skills to analyze, synthesize and evaluate ideas and arguments

- To develop high level discussions

- To use a scientific, systematic approach to understand ourselves and children as social beings

- To take more active and meaningful role in society

- To have fun

Course Evaluation:

Homework Assignments / Papers






Presence / Class Participation


* This format may change due to agreements or circumstances beyond control.

Evaluation Criteria:


Percent Range









(Above Average)














(Below Average)




59 and below



* Grades will be based on a total number of points earned. More in depth assignments will be worth more points. At the end of the course, each student is assigned a final grade, according to the grading scale proposed. (See above)

Important Notes:
Deadlines: dates for submission of papers or taking exams will be observed closely.

Should you need to miss an exam or deadline for serious reason, please let me know in advance.

Drop Deadline: the deadline for dropping are withdrawing from courses without creating an active record is noted in the calendar below. It is your responsibility to withdraw from courses if you must stop attending classes. If you fail to do so the grade of “F” will be recorded on your permanent record.
Caution: the University expects all students to engage in all academic pursuits and a matter that is beyond reproach. The University considers plagiarism. Plagiarism involves copying directly somebodies paper or book without giving credit to the author or turning in an unoriginal paper. In this case, the student will receive an "F" for the course and be dealt with according to the guidelines of the University.
Special-Needs: Americans with Disabilities (504/ADA) notice: the University of Texas of the Permian basin intends to make reasonable accommodation for students with special learning requirements. You may document your special needs for the University office for programs assisting students study (PASS). Contact Dr. Efren Castro at 432-552-2630 for further information. Please be certain to notify your professor.
Questions/problems: please direct all questions/problems to me as soon as they arise.
Electronic devices: are permitted for taking notes and brief searches. Otherwise they should be off. Ringers on cell phones should be silenced. Texting is not permitted!

Required Texts:
- Corsaro, William A. The Sociology of Childhood, (3rd edition) Bloomington: Pine Forge Press 2011
Reading Recommended:

- Stearns, Peter N. Childhood in World History, (2nd edition) London and New York: Routledge 2011

- Crain William Reclaiming Childhood, New York: Times Books Henry Holy and Company 2003

- Lancy, David F. The Anthropology of Childhood, Cambridge University Press 2008

- Erikson, Erik H. Childhood and Society, W. W. Norton & Company 1993

- Wells Karen Childhood in a Global Perspective, Polity Press 2009



I Documentary Presentation: Babies”

Childhood in a Global Context

II (Wells: Chapter 1)

Exercise: Where Children sleep

** Send a preliminary statement of your research project Email a short project description to me. Be as specific as possible and include citations to a few key reference works. If you remain undecided about your focus, send ideas

for two possible projects.


Social Theories of Childhood

(Corsaro: Chapter 1)

Documentary Presentation: Girl Rising

Childhood in World History

IV (Stearns: Chapter 1)

Exercise: Toy Stories

The Structure of Childhood

V (Corsaro: Chapter 2)

Documentary presentation: “Promises
** Send a copy of your final project to the professor. Email all class members with a brief overview of your final project and questions regarding your research. Are you looking for sources and need suggestions? Are you encountering problems not easily resolved? Now is the time to seek advice without penalty or prejudice. After this

week, everyone will briefly discuss their projects.
Children and Childhood

VI (Corsaro: Chapter 3)

Project presentation



(Corsaro: Chapter 5)

Project presentation


Childrens Culture (Corsaro: Chapter 6) Project presentation

Sharing and Control

IX (Corsaro: Chapter 7)

Project presentation

Conflict and Differentiation

X (Corsaro: Chapter 8)

Project presentation

Preadolescent Culture

XI (Corsaro: Chapter 9)

Project presentation


Social Problems and Family

(Corsaro: Chapter 10)

Project presentation


Social Problems and Society

(Corsaro: Chapter 11)

Project presentation


The Future of Childhood

(Corsaro: Chapter 12)

Project presentation

Course Overview

XV Discussions and Exam Preparation

XVI Final Exam

** This is a proposed schedule and it is subject to change by the instructor due to special circumstances.


Registration Begins

November 1, 2013

Classes Begin

January 13, 2014

Martin Luther King Day - Classes Dismissed

January 20

Last Day of Late Registration

January 22

Last Day to Add a Course

January 22

Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund

January 29

Last Day to Drop without Creating an Academic Record

January 29

Last Day to File for Graduation

March 7

Spring Break

March 10-14

Last Day to Withdraw or Drop

March 24

Last Day to Submit Master's Thesis and Reports to Committee

April 4

Last Day to Add Self-Paced Courses

April 4

Last Day to Take Oral Exam (Graduate Students)

April 25

Last Day to Submit Final Copies of Approved Thesis or Report to Graduate Studies

April 28

Last Regular Class Day

May 2

Final Exams

May 5-8

Semester Ends

May 9

Important University Dates:

Spring 2015


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