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CPSY 1904 - International and Cross-Cultural Studies of Childhood

This course seeks to introduce students to the very wide variety of experiences that comprise human childhood across a wide variety of geographical, economic, and cultural circumstances.   Students will learn about the basic paths and purposes of childhood in human societies ranging from modern European societies, traditional African and South Asian, Japanese and Indonesian societies, through technologically primitive societies in New Guinea.  The course seeks to develop an appreciation of the variety of human childhoods, and how the changes that humans themselves make in their economic and political structures, can affect this at both familial and societal levels. Students will examine what it means to develop as a human being, to think about the practical and ethical issues humans face in guiding children’s development, and to learn how these issues are resolved in different communities around the world.

Who should take this course?

Students who are interested in exploring how childhoods differ across geographic, economic, and cultural boundaries.

Students interested in exploring majors and careers related to Child Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work.

What degree requirements might this class fulfill?

Global Perspectives Liberal Education Requirement

First-year student

Grading Basis:
A-F or audit


Terms this class is typically offered:
Fall (periodically)

Instructors who teach this class:
Michael Maratsos

Sample syllabus
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Have additional questions about this class or need a permission number? Contact Meghan Eliason, Child Psychology Adviser, at