History of Childhood and the Family
Major themes include: changing ideas about childhood and adolescence; the intersection of social class, religion, gender, ethnocultural identity, and ability with children’s experiences; the legal and institutional regulation of children and childhood; children, families and the worlds of work; children's popular and material culture; contemporary childhood and the diversity of family lives and experiences.
A sample course outline would include the following topics.
Note: Content may vary according to the instructor’s selection of topics.
- Introduction: Encountering the Histories of Childhood
- Children and Families in Pre-Industrial Societies
- Innocents and Savages: Children in the Age of Enlightenment
- The Age of the Nursery: Middle Class Families, Middle-Class Childhood
- Labouring Children, Working Families and Apprenticeships
- “Street Arabs” and Orphans: Children without Families
- Imperialism, Colonialism and the Cultures of Childhood
- Children and the City: The Age of Reform
- Flappers and Flaming Youth: The “Girl Problem” and The “Boy Problem”
- Suburbs and the Postwar Reconstruction of the Family
- Advising Parents: Experts and the Care of Children
- Never Trust Anyone Over Thirty: The Postwar World and Challenges to Authority
- The Cute and the Cool: Children’s Popular Culture in North America
- Children and Families in a Global World
Classroom instruction will include both lectures and seminar discussions. Lectures will provide instruction on weekly topics with opportunities for student inquiry and discussion. Seminars will encourage active class participation in the analysis of assigned primary and secondary readings. Classroom instruction may also include facilitation of student-led projects, student presentations on specific readings and/or topics, and other types of student-led activities. Classroom instruction may also include tutorials and workshops on transferrable skills, including research methods, academic citation practice, and presentation skills.
An example of one evaluation scheme:
Seminar Presentation 10%
Popular Culture Analyses 15%
Reading Notes 15%
Primary Source Analyses 25%
Research Project and Presentation 20%
- Locating, examining, assessing, and evaluating a range of primary sources and secondary scholarly literature critically and analytically (reading history).
- Constructing historical arguments, taking historical perspectives, and interpreting historical problems through different types of writing assignments of varying lengths (writing history).
- Participating in active and informed historical debate independently and cooperatively through classroom discussion and presentation (discussing history).
- Independently and cooperatively investigating the ways that history is created, preserved and disseminated through public memory and commemoration, oral history, community engagement, and other forms of popular visual and written expressions about the past (applying history.
Textbooks and Course Readers may be chosen from the following list, to be updated periodically.
An instructor’s custom Course Reader may be required. Additional online resources may also be assigned, and bibliographies of additional readings and links to specific resources may be provided in the course outline or online.
One 1000-Level History Course or the permission of the instructor
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for HIST 2231|
|Athabasca University (AU)||AU HIST 3XX (3)|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR HIST 2XX (3)|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU HIST 2XXX (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG HIST 1155 (3)|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC HIST 2XX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU HIST 2XX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU HIST 2XXX (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU HIST 2XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO HIST 2nd (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV HIST 2nd (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC HIST 2XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV HIST 3XX (4)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC HSTR 2XX (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU HIST 2nd (3)|