Childhood has become a hotly contested subject in academic discourse. Its

growth in popularity parallels the emphasis over the last half century in

the field of cultural studies to give voice to the voiceless. Childhood

& Childrenıs Studies now occupy an important place in academia, as

illustrated by the fact that York University in Toronto and Rutgers

University have both recently added degree granting Childrenıs Studies

programs. In this seminar, a potential syllabus for a first year

undergraduate course ³Introduction to Childrenıs Studies² will be looked at

- and a series of constructivist activities will be used for each week of

the syllabus- to illustrate ways of engaging student activity and critical

thought in both small seminar and large lecture style classrooms.

Participants in this seminar are asked to read the United Nations Convention

on the Rights of the Child (available at in

advance and come to the seminar with an activity designed to help teach some

aspect of the convention. At the completion of the workshop each

participant will be given a copy of each of the seminarıs activities, in

addition to a copy of each of the activities designed by the other 14

participants. Please note that this is a workshop for all teachers, not only

those in childhood studies, since many of the activities used in this

workshop can be adapted and used to cover other areas of cultural studies.

The seminar is being taught by Stephen Gennaro. Stephen Gennaro is a

cultural historian of youth and media. He has over 10 years of teaching

experience at all levels from nursery school to undergraduate and has been

developing curriculum for public school boards and private institutions for

close to 15 years. Stephen is currently teaching in the Children's Studies

Department at York University in Toronto, Canada.


Interested parties please contact:


Stephen Gennaro

Children's Studies,

Division of Humanities

76 Winters Lane

York University

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario

M3J 1P3