Oct 02, 2022  
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

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AAS 5400 - The Black Child

What does it mean to be a black child in America at the beginning of the 21st century? We will consider how the meaning of childhood changes over time, place, and social context for African Americans. By moving children to the center of focus, we will see that there is no singular definition of African American childhood, but instead many different ways in which African Americans experience childhood and adolescence. Typically African American children are only studied as victims or perpetrators of social problems, but in this course we will consider African American children in many additional contexts. We will begin by examining the meaning(s) of childhood and adolescence and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course we will see how African American children’s lives are shaped by broader systems of inequality. We will also examine how African American children are active in the construction of their own peer cultures and popular culture, as well as why the relationship between Black youth and popular culture is routinely viewed as problematic, and how African American children are discussed within the popular press. Finally, we will examine how public policies shaping African Americans children and adolescents’ lives are formulated and how they sometimes serve to replicate various inequalities.


Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

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