American Studies | U.S. Movements & Institutions: Where the Wild Things Are
A201 | 12385 | Eckelmann, S

Summer I - A201 U.S. Movements & Institutions

Topic: “Where the Wild Things Are”: Children and Youth in American
Culture and History

Instructor: Susan Eckelmann

10 am - 12 pm   MTR  Section #12385

This upper-level undergraduate class overviews the characteristics
of American children’s experiences and culture from the first
colonies to our present time. The course looks at the changing
conditions of Children’s lives and attitudes toward children and
childhood.  Furthermore, the class investigates how children
themselves and groups invested in the lives of children and youth
understood their cultural and political roles in American Society.
Through weekly reading assignments, students will learn about
children’s material culture (toys, dress codes, and furniture);
institutions and spaces (schools, playgrounds, the work place and
the streets); and media (children’s books, advertisements, comics,
pictures, films and sound bytes). While the course follows
chronological order, each section focuses on specific themes that
will allow us to explore recurring and changing conceptions and
conditions over time.