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 through reading articles, conducting research, and viewing videos. We will explore how the behavior and psychological functioning of children are shaped by their culture and how various cultures potentially impact children. We will discuss the history of childhood and compare childhood in developed and developing nations. We will also focus on the needs of children and problems that children face throughout the world (e.g., health, nutrition, water, war, human trafficking, child abuse, poverty, homelessness, child labor, education). We will end the course by predicting the future of childhood.