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LSP 112 Winter 08-09_1

LSP 112 Winter 08-09_1 - LSP 112 A TRIBE APART CHILDREN AND...

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LSP 112 A TRIBE APART? CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY DEPAUL UNIVERSITY Winter 2008-2009 Wednesdays, 5:45 – 9:00pm CONTACT INFORMATION Instructor: Lauren Heidbrink Mailbox Location: 206 McGaw Hall Email: [email protected] Office Location: 150 McGaw Hall Office Phone: 773.325.4588 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 COURSE DESCRIPTION What is a child? How are “children” imagined and produced as a category of persons? Why are Western beliefs and values so strongly disturbed by accounts of children involved in sex, violence, or labor? Both scholarly and popular accounts of childhood draw on universal assumptions about children, for example, as passive individuals, as persons unable to assume responsibility or make choices, or as innocent victims. This course will challenge these notions of children and childhood through a multi-disciplinary, multi-media analysis of contemporary childhood throughout the world. The course examines topics such as: sexuality, prostitution, child labor, child soldiers, the occult, juvenile delinquency, children as consumers, and youth culture. The study of childhood challenges us to think critically and creatively about what we may learn from historical materials, multinational treaties, legal records, literature, film, the news media and children themselves. LIBERAL STUDIES GOALS Reflectiveness: The course asks students to question commonly-held assumptions of children and childhood often based on age boundaries, development models, and popular depictions of children by closely analyzing primary and secondary source material that explore these issues carefully and critically. Value consciousness . A fundamental purpose of the course is to encourage and to facilitate students discussing your own opinions in a reasoned, informed, open and respectful manner with their colleagues. This type of dialogue encourages mutual respect amongst students, teachers and the community. Critical and creative thinking : Since all students were once children, the course brings together their often-disparate perspectives into dialogue with still more varied viewpoints and experiences of childhood throughout the world. In so doing, the course seeks to foster critical reflection and creative thinking. Multicultural perspective . The course studies childhood from a diverse set of cultural contexts. By focusing on reading primary sources from these varied settings, the course instills an understanding of the importance of multicultural awareness. 1
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PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE Class is an essential part of this course. Please come to class ready to contribute. Much of what you learn in the course will occur to you in class discussion as you listen to each other’s ideas and enrich each other’s thoughts. Class is a joint endeavor, and in everything we do this
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