Lecture 5 Essay

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McMaster University Social Sciences 2O03(e): Canadian Children
Lecture Hall: MDCL 1305
Sept 8th to Dec. 5th 2011
Wednesday Evenings: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Professor G. Voros Office: KTH 217 Ext 27897 Office Hours: Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meetings by appointment only

The purpose of the course is to study the perceived versus the actual status of Canadian children within our society. A number of topics could be considered including the following.

a) Introduction: The Historical Evolution Of Families And Development Of Custody Laws In Canada b) So, Whose Family Is Normal? c) Raising Non-Sexist Children d) Hurried Children e) Children And Self Esteem f) Children And Abuse g) Children And Danger: Coping With The Consequence Of Community Violence h) The Impact Of Children's Consumerism i) Children And Prejudice j) Socialization Patterns In Canada: Do Mothers And Fathers Parent Differently And How Might This Impact The Children? Raising “Real Boys”: Mothers and Sons - Fathers and Sons k) Who Is Raising The Children? The Role Of Institutions: Complementary, Competitive and/ or Contradictory l) Children Tell Us What They Want m) Children And A Better Future: Strategies

Given the range of possible topics, the instructor reserves the right to make decisions regarding course content alterations as the term progresses. Students will be encouraged to relate all materials, theories, themes, concepts and issues to their own experiences. Open forums of discussion are encouraged so that students may develop an objective and critical stance given the status of Canadian children.

COURSE EVALUATION: There are two bases of evaluation in the course. FORM OF EVALUATION PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE 1) Midterm Exam 50% 2) Final Exam 50% Required Texts: These texts will act as the basis for reading throughout the term and will be supplemented with reference material discussed in class. Conway, John F. 2003 The Canadian Family In Crisis. James Lorimer and Company Ltd.: Toronto. Dorais, Michael 2002 Don’t Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys. McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal & Kingston. Esther, Diane 1998 Out Of Incest: A Book Of Hope. Mini Mocho Press: Hamilton.

Overview Of Readings:

Sept. 14th Dorais, Don’t Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys. (begin reading and complete by Nov. 1st) Esther, Out Of Incest: A Book Of Hope. (begin reading and complete by Oct.12th) Sept. 21st Conway, The Canadian Family In Crisis. Part I Sept. 28th Conway, The Canadian Family In Crisis. Part II Oct. 5th Dorais text: Don’t Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys. to be read. Conway, The Canadian Family In Crisis. Part II Oct. 12th Class as usual. Guest speaker Diane Esther will discuss her book and the topic of incest.
Catch up on readings if you need to and prepare for the test. Class as usual.

Oct. 19th Conway, The Canadian Family In Crisis. Part III and Epilouge

MIDTERM TEST- THE DATE FOR THE MIDTERM IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR FRIDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 21st, 2011. GIVEN THE SIZE OF THE CLASS, A NUMBER OF EXAM ROOMS WILL BE RESERVED AND THE SCHEDULING OFFICE WILL NOTIFY ME OF THEIR AVAILABILITY. I WILL RELAY THIS INFORMATION TO YOU IN CLASS AND ASSIGN YOU A SPECFIC TIME AND TEST ROOM. Oct. 26th Conway, The Canadian Family In Crisis. Part IV and Epilogue

Nov. 2nd Catch up on readings if you have fallen behind.

Nov. 9th Catch up on readings if you have fallen behind.

Nov. 16th Class as usual. Those who are behind in

Nov. 23rd their readings may use this time to catch up

Nov. 30th and /or prepare for the final exam.

Students must understand that exams include materials presented by guest speakers, films viewed, lectures and readings. The date for the midterm exam is set for Oct. 21st. Due to large class sizes, we must be certain of enough examination rooms to test students so that the integrity of the exercise is…