Dr. Patrick Ryan

CSI 3364F/G Childhood & Governmentality


CHILDHOOD & Governmentality
CSI 3364F

Fall 2019 – FB 003
Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 P


Patrick J. Ryan
433-0041 x4442

Office - DL 127
T 12-2 P,or by Appt.

Group email: csi3364@uwo.ca



An opportunity to read, discuss, write about, and apply Foucauldian analytics of power to the policies, practices, law, and institutions of childhood and youth.

Antirequisite(s): The former Childhood and Social Institutions 3360F/G.

Prerequisite(s): Childhood and Social Institutions 2210F/G, or permission of the CSI Program Coordinator.



William Walters, Governmentality - critical encounters (Routledge, 2012)

10 articles: 8 assigned in the course schedule; 2 of chosen by the student.


Discussion Participation 15 % Weekly
Paper 1 15 %

Oct. 4

Paper 2 30 % Nov. 4
Paper 3 40 % Dec. 10

Weekly Participation & Preparation (15%):  Students are asked to read chapters, prepare questions and 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.