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106_greensheet - San Jos State University ChAD 106: The...

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San José State University ChAD 106: The Concept of Childhood Spring 2010, Section 9 MW 1:30-2:45, SH 315 Instructor : Laura Pirazzi Office Location : Sweeney Hall 232 (408) 924-3718 lpirazzi@email.sjsu.edu Office Hours : MW 11:00-11:30am & by appt Required Reading : Readings can be purchased at Maple Press. 481 E. San Carlos Street (408) 297-1000 Course Description and Objectives : Most dictionaries define childhood as the period between birth and puberty, however that simple description does little to capture the many connotations of the concept. This course is designed to explore the meaning of childhood to people of differing times and of differing cultures. The content of the course will guide students through an exploration of the historical diversity in the ways in which childhood has been defined, and in the development and clarification of their own concept of the meaning of childhood. A second major course goal will be to investigate cultural variations in ideas about what constitutes childhood. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on assisting students to understand that there is no single set of ideas about what childhood is. A third focus will be the impact on children's development and on society of the beliefs held by adults about childhood. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. Describe and systematically compare concepts of childhood from a variety of perspectives (e.g., cultural, historical, psychological, philosophical); 2. Discuss the effect of differing concepts on childhood on the experiences of children; 3. Identify the historical context of ideas and cultural traditions outside the United States, and how they have influenced American culture; 3. Clearly articulate their own views on the concept of childhood. Course Prerequisites : This course meets area V (Culture and Civilization) of SJSU Studies. Enrollment in this course requires the passage of the WST, upper division standing and completion of the CORE GE. Remember courses to meet Areas R, S, and V of SJSU Studies must be taken from three different departments or distinct academic units. SJSU Studies Learning Objectives for Area V Students in the course will address the following learning objectives through classroom discussion and lecture, and the completion of required readings and activities/assignments. Learning Objective 1: Students shall be able to compare systematically the ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological developments, and/or attitudes of people from more than one culture outside the U.S. (Learning Objective 1 is assessed through the individual research paper assignment). Learning Objective 2: Students shall be able to identify the historical context of ideas and cultural traditions outside the U.S. and how they have influenced American culture. (Learning Objective 2 is assessed through various questions on
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