MD575: Childhood in Global Perspective: Foundations
for Mission with Children at Risk (4 units)
Desiree Segura-April, Assistant Professor of Children at Risk
Fall 2012 Pasadena / FullerLive!
- This course examines variables that influence the way children and
youth are viewed, treated, listened to, parented and discipled as they grow up
in contemporary societies. It draws from theological, anthropological,
sociological, and cross-cultural psychological perspectives. It explores
cross-cultural understandings of children and youth, multi-cultural child
development, listening and relating to children and youth, cultural stories of
children and childhood, and social and political implications for child
development, behavior and relationships. Missiological implications for mission
and ministry with children and youth, including those at risk, are
- Analyze children and childhood through the lenses of theological,
anthropological, sociological, and cross-cultural psychological theories and
- Gain understanding from a variety of perspectives on children and childhood
held by influential theologians and Christian movements throughout church
- Demonstrate understanding and interaction with the issues related to the
child in history, theory, a globalized world, community, the family, peer
groups, school, work, and play.
- Articulate the missiological implications for child participation, the
rights of the child, and policy; ministry with children at risk; and the
church, evangelism, and discipleship.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of the expression(s) of childhood within
one particular context chosen by the student.
- This course will meet once a week for three hours throughout the
quarter. Students will learn via lectures/presentations, media clips,
class discussions, student presentations and small group exercises.
REQUIRED READING: 1500 pages from the required texts as identified in syllabus.
If you have previously read any of the required texts, an alternative text must
be approved by the professor.
- Bunge, Marcia J., ed. 2001. The Child in Christian Thought.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. ISBN: 9780802846938. Pub.price: $38.00.
- Corsaro, William A. 2011. The Sociology of Childhood. 3rd ed. Los
Angeles: Sage/Pine Forge Press. ISBN: 1412979439. Pub.price: $43.00.
- Gielen, Uwe P., and Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, eds. 2004. Childhood and
Adolescence: Cross-cultural Perspectives and Applications. Westport, CT:
Praeger. ISBN: 9781567506617. Pub.price: $55.00.
- Levine, Robert A., and Rebecca S. New, eds. 2008. Anthropology and Child
Development: A Cross-Cultural Reader. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 9780631229766.
- May, Scottie, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse, and Linda Cannell.
2005. Children Matter: Celebrating Their Place in the Church, Family, and
Community. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. ISBN: 9780802822284. Pub.price:
- Wells, Karen C. 2009. Childhood in a Global Perspective. Cambridge,
UK; Malden, MA: Polity Press. ISBN: 0745638376. Pub.price: $24.95.
- Annotated Bibliography, including abstract and critique for each required
reading and research source (due in four parts)
- Collaborative student-led theological class debate (working in small
- An integration/research paper focusing on children and childhood in a
particular context and including implications for mission (2,500-3,000 words
with full annotated bibliography)
- ** Students are advised that the details of these assignments are
subject to change.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Elective. Required for Children at Risk
FINAL EXAM: None.
This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (July 2012)