SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Section: 002 Children and Childhood
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a Sociology concentration plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Through this course you will learn some of the fundamentals of sociological theory, analysis, methods, and research through studying children and childhood. We will ask what does it mean to be a child in the contemporary United States? How are children’s lives shaped by the social worlds that they live in? How do children as social actors shape the worlds in which they live? We will pay particular attention throughout the course to how race, class, and gender shape experiences of childhood. We will look at children’s media, schools, families, and friendships and ask questions like: How do children create their own social worlds and peer cultures? How does corporate consumer culture shape childhood? How is children’s free time (playing, watching tv, sports involvement) shaped by class? Is daycare good for children or harmful? How do preschoolers learn about race and racism? Assignments will include readings in the sociology of childhood and several short writing assignments analyzing aspects of children’s social contexts, children’s culture, and the construction of social problems around childhood.

SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780813519227
Gender play : girls and boys in school, Author: Thorne, Barrie., Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1993
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