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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.

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: Tuesday and Thursday, time TBD

 


 

  • CS8903 Children Families Communities Students will learn theories and strategies to recognize and challenge educational practices that disadvantage children and families because of cultural, language, race, religion, socio-economic class or other “differences.” 1 Credit
  • Professor: Ardavan Eizadirad
  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.

 


 

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: Melanie McBride
  • Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.
Fall 2018

Required courses:

  • CS 8901 Research Methods
  • Professor: Rachel Berman
  • Time: Evening

 


 

  • CS 8904 Theoretical Frameworks for ECS
  • Professor: Rachel Berman
  • Time: Day

 


 

Elective courses:

  • CS 8922 Educational Change
  • Professor: Elaine Frankel
  • Time: Day

 


 

  • CS 8928 Transformative Literacy
  • Professor: Marni Binder
  • Time: Evening

 


 

  • CS 8938 Cross-Cultural Development
  • Professor: Kathleen Peets
  • Time: Day

 


 

  • CS 8940 Indigenous Early Learning
  • Professor: TBA 
  • Online course. Limited enrolment.

 


 

  • CS 8934 Special Topics: Ecological Curriculum, Pedagogy, & Research
  • Professor: Susan Jagger
  • Time: Day
Winter 2019

Elective courses:

  • CS 8936 Children's Rights
  • Professor: Aurelia Di Santo
  • Time: Evening

 


 

  • CS 8939 Reconceptualizing ECE
  • Professor: Rachel Langford
  • Time: Day

 


 

  • CS 8941 Internship
  • Professor: Sejal Patel
  • Time: Day

 


 

  • CS 8942 Children's Health
  • Professor: Donna Koller
  • Time: Evening

 


 

  • CS 8934 Special Topics: Childhoods in Other Places
  • Professor: Mehru Ali
  • Time: Day
Spring/Summer 2019

Spring elective courses:

  • CS 8926 Risk & Resilience
  • Professor: Kim Snow
  • Time: Day

 

 


 

  • CS 8934 Special Topics: Autism
  • Professor: Angela Valeo
  • Time: Evening

 


 

Summer elective course:

  • To be announced