Sociology | Sociology of Childhood
S344 | 0585 | McCabe
MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT
This course is about childhood and youth in everyday life. Among
the questions we may explore are: What does it mean to be a child
or adolescent in everyday life? How are experiences throughout
childhood both different and similar for boys and girls? What does
it mean to be “popular” in elementary school? How do kids’ lives
change with the move to high school? Where do parents fit into
children’s lives? How does the media influence children’s
experiences? What role does culture (through toys, games, books,
music, television, movies, etc.) play in children’s lives? Although
this course focuses primarily on childhood in the United States and
other Western societies, we will also examine many of these topics
from a multi-cultural or global perspective. Throughout the course
students will be encouraged to examine critically their own
experiences and beliefs regarding these issues.
Readings for this course will be from two sources:
William Corsaro. 1998. The Sociology of Childhood. Thousand Oaks,
CA: Pine Forge Press.
Reading Packet (with additional readings from various books,
magazines and newspapers).