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This course places contemporary educational, legal, policy, and psychological thinking about childhood and current concerns about children’s well-being into a sweeping historical perspective. It examines childhood both as lived experience—shaped by such factors as class, ethnicity, gender, geographical region, and historical era—and as a cultural category that adults impose upon children. The course places a special emphasis on public policy, including such topics as adoption, child abuse and neglect, children’s rights, disability, juvenile delinquency, schooling, and social welfare.
• Twelve lectures led by Professor Mintz
• Primary source readings to complement the lectures
• A certificate of completion for 15 hours of professional development credit
Readings: The suggested readings for each seminar session will be listed on the “Resources” link on the course site. Please note that you are not required to read or purchase any print materials. The quizzes are based on the lectures.
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Steven Mintz is a leading educational innovator and an award-winning teacher and author. An authority on families, children, youth, and the life course, he has also published extensively on slavery, social reform, ethnicity, and film. For five years, he served as the founding director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning, which was responsible for designing and testing new educational models and technologies that make quality education more accessible, affordable, and successful. He also served as senior advisor to the president of Hunter College for student success and director of Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center.