FYS 101   Childhood Around the World

Childhood is a changing social phenomenon, of continual fascination and concern. This course examines
childhood from a cross-cultural perspective. Every cultural community provides varying developmental
pathways for children. We will explore how the behavior and psychological functioning of children are
shaped by their culture and how various cultures potentially impact children’s personalities, selves,
thought patterns, health, fears, and behaviors. We will learn about the wide variety of
childhoods/families that exist across the world and caution against criticizing people whose lives, and
understandings of the world, are very different than our own.  An analysis of how childhood has changed across
time will also be discussed.