E481 – Seminar on Social and Cultural Contexts
3 Credit Hours
Through an examination of current theory and multidisciplinary
social science research, this course explores the influence
of contextual factors on the development of children.
Socially and culturally constructed factors (such as gender,
race, ethnicity and social class) and institutions (such as
family, schools, and organized child care) will be discussed in
terms of their influence on child rearing and child development.
Through course lectures, discussion, and assignments,
students will gain an understanding of the variability of
child rearing strategies and outcomes across cultural communities;
the role of historical and ecological factors in child
rearing and family functioning; identity development in complex
societies; and sources of possible tensions between different
cultural communities and societal institutions (such
as schools, social service providers, and child care programs).