Dr. Patrick Ryan

CSI 3395A - Malmo Exchange

Sweden-Canada International Seminar in Childhood 

May 14 - June 1, 2018  
Dr. Patrick J. Ryan pryan2@uwo.ca
   Ph:  433-0041 Ext. 4442
   Office: DL 127
Hours: By Appointme


The is a limited-enrollment, competitive-entry international seminar.  Although it is a traditional academic course, and therefore it does not emphasize experiential learning, practice, or site-visits, it does include reciprocal visits and relationship-building between Swedish and Canadian students and faculty.  The travel component of the seminar enhances our opportunity to consider Anglo/Scandinavian institutional and cultural comparisons in matters relating to childhood and youth. 

For 2018, the theoretical emphasis will be on childhood as discourse and the Foucauldian concepts of power/knowlege and genealogy.  Students will read and discuss a set of texts, entertain a set of corresponding lectures, and complete a series of short written exercises.

READINGS & ASSIGNMENTS (for all students):

Todd May, The Philosophy of Michel Foucault (McGill-Queens Press, 2006).  Available at the Bookstore.

P. Ryan
"How New is the 'New' Social Studies of Childhood? The Myth of a Paradigm Shift," Journal of Interdisciplinary History, vol. 38, no. 4 (Spring, 2008): 553-576.

P. Ryan "The 'government of heroic women': childhood, discipline, and the discourse of poverty -  'Kontrolle durch heroische Frauen': Kindheit, Disziplin und der Armustsdiskurs," in Bildungsgeschichte – International Journal for the Historiography of Education vol. 7, no. 2 (2017): 173-190.

J. Qvarsebo and T. Axelsson, "Are we constructing Lutherans, people with values, or US citizens?"  in Foucault and a Politics of Confession in Education edited by Andreas Fejes and Katherine Nicoll (London: Routledge, 2015): 146-158.

J. Dahlbeck, "Hope and Fear in Education for Sustainable Development," Critical Studies in Education vol. 55 no. 2 (2014): 154-169.

See course schedule

See common discussion questions

MARKING SYSTEM (for Canadian Students):

Discussion and Engagment:  50%

Daily Exercises:  50%


This is a unique exchange opportunity that is not easily amenable to abscence.  If there is an emergency, contact the instructor immediately. 


King’s is committed to Academic Integrity. Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/appeals/scholoff.pdf.

PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING ARE SERIOUS SCHOLASTIC OFFENCES. All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com (http://www.turnitin.com).

Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams may be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating.