ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 202 Contested Childhoods: Children, Culture, and Transformation
Term: SU 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What exactly do we mean when we speak of “childhood”? Who counts as a child? Is childhood universal? As a way of periodizing the human life cycle, what role has “childhood” played in our understandings of ourselves and our pasts? This course will examine these and other questions through class readings, film excerpts, discussions, and other assignments to move beyond simplistic understandings of children as blank slates, empty vessels, or ‘pre-adults.’ Assignments are designed not only to deepen students’ understandings of the readings, but also to facilitate class participation. Participants will be encouraged to examine their own experiences of childhood in a critical light and to relate course material to their own experiences. Central to our approach will be an understanding of children as social actors with interests, strategies, and worldviews that impact their communities and the people around them. Children are actively engaged and involved in the world, helping to constitute that world while simultaneously being constituted by it. We will examine some of the cross-cultural roles of children in social institutions, the economy, warfare, families, and communities, as well as the ways in which current debates about children’s rights have or have not shaped children’s realities.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
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201 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
202 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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