Chinese Childrearing

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Anthropology

Course Number: 
318
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ANTH 318 and ASLC 318 [C].)  This course examines Chinese childrearing, focusing primarily on childrearing in mainland China. We will look at differences as well as similarities between childrearing in Chinese families of different socioeconomic status within China, as well as between childrearing in mainland China and in childrearing in Chinese and non-Chinese families worldwide. We will also look at dominant discourses within and outside of China about the nature of Chinese childrearing and ask about relationships between those discourses and the experiences of Chinese families. Students will work together to conduct original research about childrearing in China, drawing on data from the instructor’s research projects. Students with statistical analysis skills will analyze English-language survey data; students with advanced Chinese language skills will translate and analyze Chinese-language interview questions and responses; and students who have taken or are currently taking at least one course about anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, or China will analyze the English-language scholarly literature about Chinese childrearing in the field(s) with which they are most familiar. Course assignments will be tailored to the interests, skills, and academic background of each student, so first-years,  sophomores, and students with no Chinese language skills or statistical analysis skills are welcome and just as likely to succeed as juniors, seniors, and students with Chinese language or statistical analysis skills.

Limited to 20 students. Admission with consent of the instructor. Spring semester.  Professor Fong.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
Y
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ANTH-318-01,ASLC-318-01
Schedule #: 
ANTH-318-01-1213S

Course Sections

Chinese Childrearing
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Vanessa Fong

vfong@amherst.edu

F 02:00PM-04:30PM

CONV 304