Childhood: A Cross Cultural Perspective


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CUL118 - Childhood: A Cross Cultural Perspective

This course examines childhood from a variety of anthropological perspectives. It will investigate the cultural and societal constructs of childhood ranging from infancy through to adolescence and how different biological and social factors impact each stage. Throughout the course, both historical and modern theories will be presented to focus on the study of children and child-rearing practices across time and cultures. This course will compare and contrast cross cultural differences and similarities to determine which practices are universal or shared and which practices are culturally specific when raising children to be full members of society. Present day issues facing children will be explored through both global trends and culturally specific cases, and how these issues may shape the future of childhood.

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