Krug Hall 7
Section Information for Spring 2017
This course examines the changing nature of childhood in twenty-first century America, Among the topics we will cover are the following: changes in the position and roles of children over time—from the productive role of the colonial child to the consumer role of today’s child; the influence of peer cultures from kindergarten through adolescence; the impact of technology and popular culture on children and youth; the emergence of children as “consumers” rather “producers”; the diminishing involvement of children in the natural world and “nature deficit disorder”; and the impact of social class position on children in an increasingly competitive world.
Introduces sociology of youth and youth culture. Investigates social, economic, and political realities of youth as a group and different groups of youth, including youth cultural production, formation of youth culture, and youth identities in variety of social settings.