Child Development in Historical, Societal and Cultural Context

Course Description

Traditional approaches to child development have too often failed to consider the wider array of historical, social, and cultural factors that directly impact both opportunities and barriers to children’s growth. This course will delve into the powerful societal influences at play in a child’s development from prenatal development through age 8. We will explore various types of educational settings, young children’s special needs, and the unique challenges faced by young children from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to explore your own and others’ cultural influences through a multicultural perspective, gaining insight into the contexts that informed your development. An emphasis will be placed on the role structural inequalities based on race/ethnicity, gender; social class and sexuality have on child development. At the end of the course, students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas about how we best develop educators and the necessary leadership skills for an inclusive and global society.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the foundation and best practices in child development
  • Know the history, theories, and approaches to learning
  • Gain knowledge of the role of the school, family, and community in child development
  • Understand the importance of people, places, the environment, and greater societal context in child development
  • Completed self-analysis and reflection on your own childhood development


There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students who currently work with children, have younger siblings, and/or are interested in the field of education and child development will find this course highly beneficial.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Roshunda Harris-Allen
Course Number: 10404