syllabuscpsyCYF4334WFall2010 - SYLLABUS CPSY 4334W:...

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SYLLABUS CPSY 4334W: Children and Youth in Society, Fall, 2010 Location : 116 Armory Time: Tues., Thurs., 12:20-2:15 PM Instructor : Professor Steven Yussen Room 104C ICD; 612-626-9844; Office hours: By appointment Teaching Assistants: Kate Clayton Megan Raby Abbey Karich Course description: This course will consider the development of children in contemporary society, in particular, how that development is influenced by social institutions and structure and the social contexts in which children live and develop. The basic premise of the course is that all development- biological, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive- is influenced by society and social context. Society is a broad term, of course. But for our purposes we’ll consider the many social institutions and structures that, in a sense, define society such as political and economic systems, medical and legal systems, family, school, and media, and culture, race, and class. These structures and institutions influence child development in myriad ways, large and small. Although we often describe aspects of children’s development in normative terms (most children develop this way) and regard development as universal (most children all over the world develop this way), we know these claims often are wrong or prove to be oversimplifications. The major focus of the class will be on children growing up in the contemporary United States, to gain a sense of the wide range of social circumstances
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that effect children’s lives. However, since children in America account for only about 5 percent of all children in the world, we will also devote some attention to the experiences of the other 95 percent of the world’s children- particularly considering how key social conditions and institutions elsewhere in the world diverge from those experienced by children in the US. And, since the experiences of children in contemporary America are the culmination of many centuries of change and progress, we will also give some attention to how our conception of children and their role in society has changed in tandem with a number of philosophical, sociological, political and economic changes
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