CourseObjectives: 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.
Attheend of thiscourse,students shouldbeable: - 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
* Gradeswillbe based onatotal number ofpointsearned.Moreindepthassignmentswillbeworthmorepoints. Attheend of thecourse, eachstudentis assignedafinal grade,according tothegradingscaleproposed.(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.
DropDeadline: 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 Castroat432-552-2630 for further information. Please be certain to notify your professor.
Questions/problems: please direct all questions/problems to me as soon as they arise.
Electronicdevices: are permitted for taking notes and brief searches. Otherwise they should be off. Ringers on cell phones should be silenced. Texting is not permitted!
RequiredTexts: - Corsaro, William A. TheSociologyofChildhood, (3rd edition) Bloomington: Pine Forge Press 2011
- Stearns, Peter N. Childhoodin WorldHistory, (2nd edition) London and New York: Routledge 2011
- Crain William ReclaimingChildhood, New York: Times Books Henry Holy and Company 2003
- Lancy, David F. TheAnthropologyofChildhood, Cambridge University Press 2008
- Erikson, Erik H. ChildhoodandSociety, W. W. Norton & Company 1993
-WellsKarenChildhoodin a GlobalPerspective,PolityPress2009