Psychology – Master’s Degree 2009
Childhood, Culture and Education
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 1
Recommended Semester: 1
ECTS Credits Allocated: 7.00
Pre-requisites: none

Course objectives: Understanding the relations and interdependence of culture, understood as a system of meanings, education as a mediator of culture and childhood as a concept and a practice of growing up. Development of critical relations towards the student’s own understanding of the childhood in today’s conditions.

Course description: Theoretical course: Childhood as a cultural-historical creation. Concepts and approaches. Modern and postmodern understanding of childhood. Historical, sociological, ethnographic-anthropological, psychological, literary and laic view on childhood. Comprehension of a child in traditional and modern Serbian culture. Cultures as the systems of meaning. School seen as a culture and as an educational culture. Intertextuality – how do we „read“ the culture and how do we integrate ourselves into the culture. Narrative – what meanings the school is teaching us. Intersubjectivity and culture of peer learning. Children’s culture as a product and as a process. Growing up in Serbia in the beginning of the millennium. Practical course: Student research activities in children’s institutions and in instiutions which distribute products of children’s culture – establishing the collection of students’ findings, „Children’s culture in Serbia“; familiarizing with the understanding of childhood in our environment.

Learning Outcomes: Student is familiar with the different concepts of childhood and the basic processes of integrating children into the culture. Student understands the childhood as a product of culture and the role of childhood’s culture in transformation of the culture. Student is able to research children’s culture through the examples of children’s products.

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