• All Classes are Subject to Enrollment
  • May 29 – June 22 (4 weeks)
    Section A1; Session 1: Online
    Instructor:  Samantha White
    Gender and Education 50:163:384 (3 credits)

    This course explores the relationship between gender and education, focusing primarily on the context of K-12 schooling.  Through multi-disciplinary social science studies, films, and biographical narratives, students consider the ways in which gender is socially constructed within schools.  We explore the construction and contestation of gendered identities through multiple mechanisms including within-school social interactions, practices, policies, and structures, as well as through broader socio-cultural norms.  How do the media, family life, and government shape patterns of gender within schools?  Also, the course will explore briefly trends in gender and higher education as well as international trends in girls’ education.

     

    May 29 – July 6 (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 25 – July 20 (4 weeks)
    Section D1; Session 3: Online
    Instructor:  Katherine Fredricks
    Introduction to Childhood 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. 

     

    June 25 – July 20 (4 weeks)
    Section D2; Session 3: 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. 

     

    July 23 – August 15 (4 weeks)
    Section J1; Session H: Online
    Instructor:  Heather Reel
    History of Youth 50:163:320 (3 credits)

    This course explores Americans’ changing ideas about who young people were and what constituted a good childhood. The turn of the twentieth century witnessed an unparalleled enthusiasm for the future of young people. From concerns for newly emancipated young slaves and Civil War orphans, to the heady dreams (and anxieties) unleashed by young people in The Age of Aquarius, the course will track the history of youth in the twentieth century, asking how changing definitions of children—from “youth” to “adolescents” to “teenagers”—were influenced by social, political and cultural change in twentieth century America.

     

    July 23 – August 15 (4 weeks)
    Section J2; Session H: Online
    Instructor:  Ryan Bunch
    Introduction to Childhood 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.