Dr. Patrick Ryan

History of Childhood (2014)

Old Course - HIstory of Childhood                       E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca  
                                                                                 Ph:  433-0041 Ext. 4442
THURSDAYS 9:30-12:30                                        Office: DL 127
                                                                                 Hours: 12:30-1:30 Th., ppt.

Description:  Exploration of history of childhood emphasizing discourse analysis and ideas. In particular, the discursive origins of modern childhood; the significance of childhood for major shifts in the history of ideas and social thought; and the ways various actors, groups, or movements have participated in the cultural construction of childhood.

Patrick J. Ryan, Master-Servant Childhood: a history of the idea of childhood in medieval English culture (Palgrave, 2013).

A book choosen from a list

Additional Readings available online at course schedule


Discussion Participation: 25% - throughout the course

Short Paper: 10% - Due February 6

Book Review: 30% - Due March 6

Final Paper: 35% - Due April 3


Students are expected to schedule appointments and other responsibilities around class time.  To be excused from discussion participation due to temporary illness, contact your discussion leader.  If health issues are prolonged, or to request more extensive academic accommodation, you must meet with the course instructor in person and provide documentation to the Dean's Office. 

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.  One-month after the due date a zero will be assigned for the paper. 


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.