Art: Readings Fall 2007

Elizabeth Bartholet’s NOBODY’S CHILDREN: Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative (Beacon Press 1999) [hereafter Nobody’s Children] will serve as the course text together with additional course materials. As soon as the additional materials are ready, we will post them below. Simply click on the relevant Assignment Packet and download the PDF file.

Date Topic Readings
Sept. 6 Course Overview Course Information, Syllabus, and Schedule
Nobody’s Children, Intro, pp. 1-8, 22-29
Assignment Packet #1
Sept. 13 History of Child Welfare Nobody’s Children, Chapters 1 and 2, pp. 33-55
Assignment Packet #2
Sept. 20 Significance of the Environment to Childhood Development Nobody’s Children, Chapter 4, pp. 98-110, and Chapter 8, pp. 176-92
Assignment Packet #3
Sept. 27 The Global Picture Assignment Packet #4
Oct. 4 Significance of Biology to Parenting Assignment Packet #5
Optional: Supplement to Assignment Packet #5
Oct. 11 Early Childhood Education Assignment Packet #6
Nobody’s Children, Chapter 7, pp. 163-75
Oct. 18 Substance Abuse & Child Maltreatment Nobody’s Children, Chapter 9, pp. 207-32
Assignment Packet #7
Optional: Nobody’s Children, pp. 67-81
Nov. 1 Race & the Child Welfare System Assignment Packet #8
Nobody’s Children, Chapter 10, pp. 233-43
Nov. 8 Closing the Achievement Gap Assignment Packet #9
Nov. 15 Alternatives to Detention and Other Juvenile Justice Reform Efforts Assignment Packet #10
Nov. 29 Child Advocacy Strategies: The Children’s Defense Fund Assignment Packet #11
Nobody’s Children, pp. 44-55
Dec. 6 Child Advocacy Strategies: Orphans of Rwanda and Partners in Health Assignment Packet #12