• All Classes are Subject to Enrollment
  • May 28 – June 21 (4 weeks)
    Section A1; Session 1: Online
    Instructor:  Diana Garcia
    Global Childhoods 50:163:371 (3 credits)

    This course considers the 20th and 21st centuries as eras of globalization in which traditional social and familial structures are breaking down. Within this context children’s experiences are infused by influences from across the globe. In this course we will examine the extent to which children are impacted on by global factors including cultural and religious diversity and hybridity, transnational families and interethnic relationships. Salient issues will include children’s identity in a globalized world, the maintenance or erosion of tradition, the impact of travel and the impact of globalization on children’s cultural worlds. The course will draw on international examples of globalization and the interrelationships between local and global factors in children’s worlds.


    May 28 – July 5 (6 weeks)
    Section B6; Session 2: Online
    Instructor:  Mary Mitsdarffer
    Understanding Childhood through Statistics 50:163:460 (3 credits)

    This course provides students with the skills necessary to understand, critique, and produce quantitative information concerning children. Childhood is frequently characterized in terms of numbers, charts, correlations, and other means that rely upon the manipulation of quantitative information.  Students will learn the strengths and limitations of different methods used to acquire quantitative information about children and childhood, and will also use statistical programs to analyze data and to present results of analyses in readily interpretable displays.  An introductory statistics class is a recommended prerequisite. 


    June 24 – July 19 (4 weeks)
    Section D1; Session 3: Online
    Instructor:  Ryan Bunch
    Children’s Literacies 50:163:362 (3 credits)

    This course considers the ways in which “literacy” has expanded beyond learning to read and write. The literate child must negotiate not only traditional textual and visual formats such as picture books, animated television programs and novels, but also websites, hand held devices, and film.   Students will learn both the historical contextualization of children’s literacy and be introduced to multi-modal and transmedia texts available to–and at times created by–children and young adults, including websites, iPhone Apps, fan fiction, graphic novels and books in order to gain a deep understanding of the multiple literacies of childhood.


    July 22 – August 14 (4 weeks)
    Section J1; Session H: Online
    Instructor:  Katie Fredricks
    Introduction to Chidhood Studies 50:163:101 (3 credits)

    This course examines various ways that childhood has been discussed, researched and understood as a social phenomenon and social institution. Course materials are selected to illustrate how various notions of childhood and “the child” impact cultural understandings regarding the “nature” of children. Historical as well as contemporary research and perspectives are used to address such issues as changing definitions of childhood, changing age norms, the idea of children as social actors, race, gender and social class aspects of children’s experiences, children’s rights and child labor and work in a global context.