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Faculty of Community Services

Current course offerings: 2017-2018

Early Childhood Studies (MA)

Classes in the Fall and Winter terms meet for three hours a week for 12 weeks. Day classes run between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., while evening classes run from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, on campus.

Classes in the Spring and Summer meet twice a week (each class is three hours) and run for six weeks. Day classes run between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., while evening classes run from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, on campus.

Please note, these courses are subject to change.

Fall 2017

Required courses:

  • CS 8901 Research Methods This course will help students critically evaluate research studies and design a research project of their own. They will demonstrate their understanding by providing rationales for their selected approach, strategy, and related methodological decisions. 1 Credit.
  • Professor: Mehrunnisa Ali
  • Time: Day



  • CS 8904 Theoretical Frameworks for ECS Students will be introduced to a number of major theoretical frameworks drawn from a variety of fields and disciplines. Implications of these frameworks (e.g. developmentalism, feminism, post-modernism, queer theory, critical theory, post-colonialism, anti-racism, etc.) for research and practice in early childhood studies will be considered. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Rachel Berman
  • Time: Evening



Elective courses:

  • CS 8922 Educational Change Educational change processes in the contexts of families, childcare, schools, communities, governments, and societies will be examined. The skills and roles of leaders who promote systemic changes will be discussed. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Elaine Frankel
  • Time: Day



  • CS 8939 Reconceptualizing ECE This course will introduce students to the theoretical frameworks used in the reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) movement in Canada and beyond. They will have the opportunity to examine taken-for-granted notions of children and childhood, teachers and teaching, and the purposes of ECEC. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Rachel Langford
  • Time: Day



  • CS 8938 Cross-cultural Development This course focuses on socio-cultural theories of child development. Students will critically examine cultural variations in the socialization of behavior, physical growth and development, language and cognition, personality and identity, sex and gender, families and other social relationships. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Kathleen Peets  
  • Time: Evening



  • CS8940 Indigenous Early Learning Students will explore issues confronting Indigenous children and their families in Canada. Indigenous perspectives on the origins of these issues and the current environment are examined in the context of Indigenous self-determination. Course work focuses on issues from a national, provincial, and local perspective with discussions about world view, history, families, policy, and jurisdictional issues. Antirequisite CLD450. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Carolynne Warton
  • Course delivery: Online

Winter 2018

Elective courses:

  • CS 8934 Special Topics in ECS: Ecological Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Research This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced studies on issues and themes of immediate and current significance in the fields of Early Childhood Studies. It allows students to access leading-edge research and to explore new and emerging models of practice. The particular theme, topic and structure of the course will vary in response to changes and trends in the field, availability of specialists and student interest. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Susan Jagger
  • Time: Evening



  • CS 8928 Transformative Literacy Transformative literacy challenges mainstream practices of literacy and inequities in education through critical pedagogy. It empowers voice through expression of self in relation to the world and is inclusive of children and families from diverse backgrounds. This course introduces students to transformative literacy concepts and approaches including: holistic education, multi-literacies, multiple and multimodal literacies. This course will offer the opportunity to participate in transformative literacy initiatives. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Marni Binder
  • Time: Evening



  • CS 8942 Children’s Health This course examines research and emerging issues associated with children’s health and well-being. By adopting a holistic view of health, the impact of physical illness, mental health and social relationships are explored within the context of early childhood studies. A children’s rights perspective that advocates for health promotion forms the conceptual framework upon which to explore notions of well-being. An examination of the social determinants of health provides an opportunity to consider the evolution of paediatric care and current risks to children’s well-being. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Donna Koller 
  • Time: Day



  • CS 8936 Children’s Rights The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is examined. The convention is explored within the framework of human rights principles and citizenship. Policy and practice implications will be considered through the lens of a child rights approach. Consideration will be given to understanding children's development as 'citizens' and children's participation in society. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Aurelia Di Santo
  • Time: Day



  • CS 8930 Social Research with Children Building on the core course in research methods, this course will focus on current debates and discussions regarding research that involves children. Methodological and ethical issues such as informed consent, children as collaborators in the research process, and power issues in social research with children will be considered. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Rachel Berman
  • Time: Day
Spring/Summer 2018

The Spring term runs from the first week of May until mid-June and the Summer term runs from mid-June to the end of July.  

Spring elective courses:*

  • CS 8926 Risk and Resilience: Children/Family The construct of resilience and factors that contribute to healthy outcomes for children in the face of risk and adversities will be examined. Students will consider societal, institutional, familial, and individual factors that pose risks for healthy childhood development, and identify points of invention. Theories of resilience will be examined with an emphasis on how diverse social and cultural experiences shape pathways to adulthood. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Kim Snow
  • Time: Day

*Please note, an additional Spring course is to be announced.



Summer elective course:

  • CS 8932 Children and Play This course investigates and examines critical perspectives on children's play culture. Students explore philosophical, ideological, historical, social, pedagogical and cultural themes (i.e. autonomy, agency, and power), with an emphasis on the role of adults in the mediation, conceptualization, design, and production of children's learning and play. 1 Credit
  • Professor: Jason Nolan
  • Time: Evening