History | Colloquium United States HIstory
H650 | 2880 | Grossberg


Above section meets with Law L766

TOPIC:  CHILDREN AND THE LAW IN MODERN AMERICA

The course will be a seminar designed to examine the legal
construction of childhood from the late nineteenth century to the
present.  The examination will take two primary forms.  First, a
series of books and articles will be used to explore the changing
legal context of childhood during these years.  Topics to be
discussed include child custody, tort, juvenile delinquency,
disability, child abuse, and civic rights.  These topics will be
examined chronologically as well as in terms of other relevant
variables such as race, gender, class, and region.  Second, each
student will develop a research project that investigates some
aspect of children and the law during the period under study.  The
projects will supplement the collective work of the seminar by
allowing each student to examine in greater detail a topic of her or
his choice.  Together the collective and individual activities of
the seminar will acquaint students with the central developments and
recurring issues in this body of law over the least century