GROWING UP IN AMERICA
"Growing Up in America" is an undergraduate course at the intermediate level in which you will learn about the history of childhood and youth in America from colonial times to the present. You will learn how and why Americans have changed their views about children and youth over time. In other words, you will learn that childhood and youth are stages in the life cycle shaped not just by biology but by society and history as well. The course will explore the emergence of childhood and adolescence as distinct stages in the life cycle, the evolving role of the family in the process of growing up, and the increasing importance of social and cultural institutions other than the family in the lives of the young. It will examine the way in which becoming an adult in American society has changed over time. It will consider how historical events have made and remade the experience of growing up. Particular attention will be paid to those factors such region, gender, race, and class that have given Americans many different kinds of growing up experiences.
Students in the course will also increase their command of some important cognitive skills. They will learn to critically examine written and non written historical sources; analyze the past using multiple causal factors; formulate analytical questions about historical events; strengthen their ability to write an analytical historical essay; strengthen their speaking and presentation skills; and upgrade their understanding of the library and the Internet as sources for research.
English 0801 (previously English 50) is a prerequisite for this course. A basic knowledge of American history or American Studies is strongly recommended. The US history surveys or their equivalent and/or an introductory course in American Studies are advised.