This course studies the child and the institutions that shape childhood in the Nordic world, approaching them in a roughly comparative framework. Please see the printable syllabus in the Files section. All assignments for the course are listed on the syllabus page. Please keep in mind our key questions and goals, below, as we work through the course.
A number of questions will recur in the course, which you may want to keep in mind in doing the reading and preparing for seminar discussion. Among them are the following:
- What are the recurrent images of the child in a specific time and cultural setting?
- What are they key institutions in childhood (family, school), and how do they shape children?
- What are some of the distinct features of Nordic state institutions and private life on children?
The course has four chief goals:
- Acquire and use critically the vocabulary, concepts, and arguments of selected theorists to talk about “the figure of the child” comparative perspective
- Develop familiarity with a variety of notions of children, parents, and schools in circulation in the post-War and post-Cold War periods, with special focus on the Nordic world
- Write two papers on one of the class questions or themes, which critically relate to or elaborates on reading and discussion undertaken in the seminar,
- Complete two team-projects on assigned class questions and themes, seeking to comply with criteria for evaluation of team projects