SOCI 6250 Sociology of Childhood

This course examines theories, methods, and empirical research in several areas of the sociology of childhood. Major themes are (1) how social structure constrains children's lives, (2) how children negotiate, share, and create culture, and (3) how children's experiences vary within and across societies. Topics include historical trends in thinking about children, cultural reproduction in early childhood, children's social worlds, contemporary attitudes toward children, and social policies for children. Students will design and carry out original research projects.