10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D005
Section Information for Spring 2022
"Childhood," William Cosaro (2015) writes "[is} a social construction resulting from the collective actions of children with adults and with each other." The course examines childhood using sociological, historical, and cultural lenses to capture the ways in which childhood is constantly re-imagined. Looking at children's literature reveals that children have always created "secret gardens" that they share with each other, making childhood a world apart from and yet dependent on adults. Through their interactions children and youth influence the world around them. During this semester we will explore the following topics: the influence of peer cultures on children from kindergarten through high school; the effects of social media in shaping children's perceptions of the world and themselves; the education of children as "consumers"; and how "nature deficit disorder" threatens the relationship of children to the natural world. Finally, we will look at how child-rearing practices vary by social class and the ways in which these practices foreshadow the future prospects for children.