Dr. Patrick Ryan

CSI 3361 - HIS 3261 History of Childhood in Canada


Winter 2020 - P. RYAN
Tuesdays 2:30-5:30
BH 109

E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca  
Ph:  433-0041 Ext. 4442
Office: DL 127
Hours: T 12-2 P or Appt.

CSI  Program Advisor: Laura Clarke
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, 1 of the following books:

Option A: Robert McIntosh, Boys in the Pits: Child Labour in the Coal Mines (McGill-Queens, 2000).*

Option B: Tamara Myers, Caught: Montreal's Modern Girls and the Law, 1869-1945 (University of Toronto Press, 2006).*

*Note: New copies of McIntosh, and the hardcover copies of Myers are quite expensive - whereas used copies of the former and paperback copies of the second can be had for more reasonable prices through online outlets. 

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 of McIntosh
(3 pages)

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


A1 Due Feb. 14


A2 Due Mar. 20


Option B: 2 papers - each worth 25%

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

----Paper B2 - Critical Review of Myers
(3 pages)


B1 Due Feb. 14


B2 Due Mar. 20


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

Due Apr. 7 35%



Weekly Participation & Preparation (15%):  Students are asked to read chapters, write answers to questions and submit them via OWL prior to the weekly discussions.  Doing the homework on-time, bringing it to class, and volunteering your answers will make up 15 percent of the course mark.  Meeting a minimal participation threshold is necessary to avoid penalties (see below), and participating fully will prepare you to write strong papers.

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  Students must attend a minimum of 6 of the 11 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 in-person 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.