Sociology | Topical Seminar I
S700 | 3809 | Corsaro


Topic:  The Sociology of Children and Youth

This is advanced seminar on the sociology of children and youth.  The
course is open to sociology graduate student majors and minors only.
It is assumed that all students who enroll in the course will have
taken a prior graduate level course on children, childhood or youth
(at the S600 level). Students should also enter the course with an
ongoing project (an empirical, theoretical or methodological paper on
children and youth in progress) or a particular plan for such a
project.  The first 3-5 weeks of the class will involve reading and
discussion of texts and journal articles on theoretical and
methodological issues in the area of children and youth.  The
instructor will then present an overview of his present theoretical
work in the area.  It is expected that students will keep up with
readings and participate in discussions of these general topics.
Over the rest of the course each student will give two class
presentations.  In the first, each student will provide the class
with a central reading related to their project and present a
literature review building on this reading as well as an overview of
planned methodology.  In the second presentation each student will
present a talk based on a draft research, theoretical, or
methodological journal length article on children and youth from a
sociological perspective.  This paper will be submitted during finals
week as the final paper for the class.  Students will also be graded
on the quality of their presentations and class participation.  The
course is open to all substantive topics and methodologies
(qualitative or quantitative) relevant to the sociology of children
and youth (from birth to 18 years of age). There is a preference that
student projects focus directly on children and youth rather than
projects which primarily focus on adultsí (parents, teachers, and
others) perceptions, attitudes, or child rearing methods.

The books for the class are:

Pia Christensen and Allison James, Research with Children:
Perspectives and Practices. London: Falmer Press, 2000.

William A. Corsaro, The Sociology of Childhood.  Thousand Oaks, CA:
Pine Forge Press, 1997.

Allison James, Chris Jenks, and Alan Prout, Theorizing Childhood. New
York: Teachers College Press, 1998.

There will also be a number of class readings available in the
sociology graduate office.