A Program for Developing Scholars
Children, Youth and Inequities
This course focuses on the lives of children and youth, the inequities they face in various societies, and how they construct identity in such socio-cultural, socio-historical, and socio-political contexts. Students will analyze narrative stories, films, and other cultural artifacts documenting the lived experiences and representation of children and adolescents as they navigate the geographical spaces and the hierarchies of their social worlds. More to the point, students will examine: 1) how youth who participate in Hip Hop scenes around the world construct their social identities and how some challenge the prevailing social orders in their countries; 2) the experiences of U.S. children and youth in schools and the justice system, with particular attention given to the school-to-prison pipeline; and 3) the representation of children and youth in literature and films from throughout the Americas. Students will build critical and interpretive capacities through their examination of sociological, empirical, cultural, and literary texts. Additionally, through the construction and revision of several expository writings, students will hone their writing, argumentation, and presentation skills.
Social Justice by the Numbers
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