BARN8101 - Social Studies of Children and Childhood: Research Perspectives
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Framed by social studies of children and childhood, the course addresses theoretical perspectives on child and childhood research as these have unfolded both historically and still today in contemporary societies. This includes, among others, the adoption of a developmental approach, as well as viewing childhood as socially constructed. The course addresses issues at a structural level, that have implications for children's everyday lives and childhood, as well as children's active contribution and agency in defining and giving meaning to their lives, activities and relations. Central issues to explore in this course are images and understandings of children and childhood, generational relations, culture, gender, identity, ethnicity, children's lived experiences in relation to peer activities and adult organization, and their expectations in and outside educational institutions. The course also addresses childhood as a social phenomenon and shows how children are both shaped by and themselves shape their childhood experiences within diverse societal and daily life conditions, practices, power and generational relations.
This course aims to introduce students to theoretical perspectives, concepts and ongoing debates in social studies of children and childhood, as well as to how children's everyday lives and welfare and the politics of childhood vary across time and space.
By the end of the course participants will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
*The interdisciplinary social studies of children and childhood
*The historical background, concepts and contemporary perspectives, and debates on and critique of the approach.
*Childhood as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon, children's everyday lives and well-being related to cultural and societal circumstances as well as politics of childhood in changing societies.
Læringsformer og aktiviteter
Total lecture hours: ca. 20. Supervision of paper, individually and/or group based. The teaching language is English.
- Attending lectures is compulsory.
Vurderingsmelding krever godkjent undervisningsmelding samme semester. Obligatorisk aktivitet fra tidligere semester kan godkjennes av instituttet.
Admittance to the course requires an approved masters degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent.
Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.
- * Skriftlig eksamen plasseres på rom 3 dager før eksamensdato.