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Nita Mckinley
TPSYCH 320
Tacoma Campus

Race, Class, and Gender Contexts of Child Development

Explores how cultural contexts that include racism, classism, and sexism, as well as other contexts, such as school, family, and neighborhood, differentially shape the experiences of children. Applies these contexts to specific topics, such as cognitive development, identity, moral development, families, peers, and media. Prerequisite: either TPSYCH 100 or PSYCH 101.

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NO TEXTBOOKS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE. Readings will be available electronically through the library.

Every child has a race/ethnicity, social class, and gender that shape her or his social and cultural context. Children also develop within families, peer groups, schools, and neighborhoods. To more fully understand children's development, we must study them within these multiple contexts. In this course we will consider how contexts, including cultural contexts such as racism, classism, and sexism, differentially shape the experiences of children and apply this understanding to some specific areas of child development. You will write a paper applying what you have learned to answer a question you have about child development. The class includes lectures and large and small group discussions.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nita Mckinley
Date: 03/11/2013