Instructor: Professor Dominique Marshall

Introduction: The role of childhood and youth in modern history. This year the emphasis will be on Canadian childhoods in transnational perspectives. It will follow this history chronologically, from “traditions”, to “revolutions”, modernity up to current developments.

Class Format: Two meetings a week, one of lecture/seminar format centered on main themes in the history of childhood, the other a practical workshop devoted to practical work on the history of childhood.

Aims and Goals: To put current problems in historical perspective, such as the rights of children, the age of consent, children refugees, child abuse, relations between cultures, schooling and work, parental authority, siblings, foster parents, generations, and children’s political lives.  To introduce students to the main vocabulary of historians of childhood.  To work with some of the main types of historical documents used to write the history of children.

Assessment: Each student will choose one theme of the history of childhood which they will follow through small assignments leading to a term project.  Readings and lecture content will be examined in small tests.

Text:  James Marten, The History of Childhood.  A Very Short IntroductionOxford, Oxford University Press, 2018, 137 p. One chapter of the textbook or one scholarly article per week.  Most articles from the Journal of the History of Children and Youth.

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