Course - Social Studies of Children and Childhood: Research Perspectives - BARN8101
BARN8101 - Social Studies of Children and Childhood: Research Perspectives
This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.
Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed
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The course addresses interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and debates on child and childhood research as they have unfolded historically and in contemporary childhood studies. This includes, among others, engagement with the developmental approach and viewing childhood as socially and culturally 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 that will be explored include images and understandings of children and childhood, generational relations as well as intersections of culture, gender, identity, ethnicity, race, and children's lived experiences. Besides, children’s peer activities and relationships, adult organization, and their expectations in and outside educational institutions are discussed. The course addresses childhood as a social phenomenon and shows how it is shaped by diverse societal political and economic processes as well as daily life conditions, practices, power, and intergenerational interactions.
This course aims to introduce students to broad theoretical perspectives, concepts, and ongoing debates in critical childhood studies, 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 the student has achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Has obtained in-depth knowledge of theoretical perspectives, concepts, and ongoing debates in the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies.
- Has obtained an understanding of why and how the interdisciplinary field of childhood studies emerged, and a critical approach to mainstream theorizing of children and childhood.
- Can critically examine childhood as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon, and obtain an understanding of the ways children's everyday lives and wellbeing relate to cultural, societal and political circumstances in changing societies.
- Can engage in interdisciplinary debates regarding how to theorize childhood and children’s lives in different social and spatial contexts
- Has the ability to critically approach and deconstruct views, understandings, discourses and theorizations of children and childhood.
- Has the skill to contest and develop concepts and ideas linked to childhood studies.
- Has developed the ability to question implicit and taken-for-granted assumptions regarding what it means to be a child.
- Has developed understanding of various ways of conceptualizing and theorizing childhood
Learning methods and activities
Total lecture hours: ca. 20. Supervision of paper, individually and/or group based. The teaching language is English.
The course is offered when teaching/supervisor resources are available and can be changed or cancelled if less than 5 PhD candidates are registered.
- Attending lectures is compulsory.
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Required previous knowledge
Admittance to the course requires an approved master's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent.
Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.
Credits: 10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level
Language of instruction: English
- Childhood Studies
- Social Sciences
Examination arrangement: Assignment
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
- Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"