Proseminar 2 (3 credits) – required for all doctoral students in the first year of study
Monday/Wednesday 4:20 – 5:40 pm
Dr. Lauren Silver

The proseminar in Childhood Studies is a year-long investigation into some of the important issues, concepts and debates that surround the study of children and childhood today. We will explore various changing and nuanced definitions of “the child,” ethical dilemmas in working with children, the history of western childhood and global childhoods, race, class gender and sexuality, children’s literature, schooling, the manipulation of images of childhood and the children’s agency in helping to form or to combat those images. Although over the year the course will necessarily bring together multiple perspectives, the first half of the proseminar will focus more closely on disciplines from the Humanities.

Child Growth and Development
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:50 pm
Dr. Daniel Hart

Development in infancy and childhood is both regulated by biological constraints and shaped by cultural practices. This course examines the genetic underpinnings of development, the biological changes which characterize development from birth through early adolescence, and the environmental and social influences which affect, and are affected by, biological changes.

Child Health and Disparitites (3 credits)
Monday 6:00-8:50 pm
Dr. Wenhua Lu

Accumulating scientific evidence indicates that many health disparities have their origins in childhood and adolescence. This practice-based course will utilize a socio-ecological approach to provide students with a solid understanding of biological, psychosocial, environmental, cultural, political and other determinants of child and adolescent health, enabling  them to conceptualize health promotion programs to reduce related disparities. Students will be expected to apply analytic tools and theoretical models to real-world child and adolescent health issues through community-based, participatory research and practice.

Theories of Childhood Study (3 credits)
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:50 pm
Dr. Sarada Balagopalan

The development of Childhood Studies has been influenced by a range of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. In this seminar we will explore in depth salient theoretical works emerging from diverse disciplines including philosophy, social anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics and development studies. It will include examining the work of mid to late 20th and 21st century authors whose wide theoretical perspectives have had a strong and pervasive influence on the field both in the industrialized and “developing” worlds. Key authors to be studied include Michel Foucault, Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Walter Benjamin, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Aihwa Ong, Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Sennett and Judith Butler. This course will include detailed examination and discussion of selected texts and of their impact on the field.