CP230 Race and the Developing Child

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CP230 Race and the Developing Child

What is CP230?

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the ways in which race and ethnicity influence children, peer relationships, identity, education, and adjustment.  Students who are interested in working with an ethnic and racial diversity of children would benefit from this course. 

What is content of course? 

The course address the following content and questions:

  1. At what age do children first respond to racial differences and how does their understanding of race develop from preschool to college?
  2. Why are some racial labels preferred and others offensive?
  3. When and how does racial prejudice develop?
  4. How should adults or teachers respond when a child or adolescent says something racially offensive?
  5. How do parents socialize their children about race?
  6. How is racial socialization and identity different for biracial, mixed-raced and cross- racially adopted children?
  7. Is race or social class more influential on children’s educational achievement?
  8. How is identity different across the racial groups (e.g., African American, Latin@, Asian American, American Indian, White American)?
  9. How does learning differ by race? (10) What are the most effective strategies for promoting positive inter-racial relations?

Who teaches the course?

Prof. Quintana draws from 20 years of interviews with children from a variety of racial backgrounds and from his 10 years of facilitating race dialogues for children, adolescents, and adults.

When is the course offered? ​​

CP2​30 is offered each semester as well as in the summer. See the MyCourse Guide information below for specific times the course is offered.

Whom do I contact for more information about CP230?

If you have questions about enrollment, please contact Andrea ​Burdick. If the discussion section that you want is full, you can sign up for the waitlist.


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