Globally, governments and communities have made strides in improving life outcomes for children and youth. However, hundreds of millions of children around the world fail to achieve even a fourth grade level education. This course will examine critical issues affecting outcomes for children and youth from a global perspective. We will explore how expectations for child development and its contexts are defined by culture. We will explore childhood socialization in an era of rapid global change. The theme of risk and resilience will be integrated throughout the course as major challenges and opportunities for children and youth are addressed.
What will you gain by taking Children & Youth in the Global Context? In this course, you will explore global, cultural, and social influences on the immediate and long-term outcomes for children and youth. You will learn: 1) how global changes create both challenges and opportunities that affect the daily lives and potentially life outcomes of children and youth; 2) major education, prevention and intervention programs targeting children and youth in diverse geographic regions; and 3) relevant skills in conducting observations and documenting relevant needs of children and youth.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Date: March 18, 2019
This field class will visit and participate in a guided tour of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, experience a walking tour through a township, and learn about the migrant labor system in South Africa through presentation and discussion.