Dr. Patrick Ryan

CSI 3361 - HIS 3261 History of Childhood in Canada

Winter 2021 - P. RYAN
Wednesday 8:30-11:30

E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca  
Ph: 519-518-0370
Office: DL 127
Hours: Online 12-1p W and Th

CSI  Program Advisor: Jessica Sommers
Tel: 519.433.3491 / 1.800-265.4406, ext. 4503




An historical study of the discourses and practices of childhood and youth. Students will explore how and why various actors, groups, or movements have participated and shaped growing-up in Canada.

Students will write three papers. Weekly reading, preparation for discussion, and participation in discussion will become an important part of the learning opportunity. This is reflected in the assessment system.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:  CSI 3361 contributes to Program Learning Outcomes for the Major (M) and Honours Specialization (H) 1 through 11.  Click here for a full description of each outcome.


Required for All: Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers, Bringing Children & Youth into Canadian History (Oxford UP, 2016).

Plus, one of the books on this bibliography.

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MARKING SYSTEM: (Students Choose between Options A and B)

Preparation and Participation

Due Weekly 15%

Option A:  2 papers - each worth 25%

----Paper A1 - Critical Review from bibliography
(3 pages)

----Paper A2 - Normalcy Essay
(3 pages)


A1 Due Feb. 26


A2 Due Mar. 26


Option B: 2 papers - each worth 25%

----Paper B1 - Agency/Structure Essay
(3 pages)

----Paper B2 - Critical Review from bibliography
(3 pages)


B1 Due Feb. 26


B2 Due Mar. 26


Paper 3 - Historical Significance Essay -
(4-5 pages)

Due Apr. 17 35%

COURSE POLICIES:  Due to the late-December shut-down of Ontario, which prohibited in-person activities at Kings College, all students will be interacting with this course online in real time.

Weekly Participation & Preparation (15%): Lectures and discussions will be given in 'real-time' through Zoom. Preparing prior to class by reading and submitting homework to OWL, volunteering your questions, responding when called upon, participating in groups (being 'seen and heard') are all part of good participation online. Sitting silently watching Netflix with your camera off and microphone silenced is not. Participation is more than pushing a button to join Zoom.

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  Students must attend, and be heard and seen, a minimum of 6 sessions; failure to do so will result in a 10% penalty in the course.  The attendance requirement includes the expectation that students will schedule all appointments and other responsibilities to avoid conflicts with the course.  If health issues demand a  prolonged absence, or if you require other academic accommodation, you must meet with the course instructor and provide documentation to the Dean's Office. 

Due Dates:  Penalties for late papers may be avoided if extensions are requested in advance.  Otherwise, a two-mark deduction will be taken for each of the first three days late, and a 5-mark deduction for each day thereafter.  Two-weeks after the due date or at the conclusion of the term (which ever is first) a zero will be assigned for the paper.