The Department of Child Studies was founded in 1988 to provide a research and learning environment geared toward the theoretical and empirical study of both children and the social and cultural discourses that define what children are and endow them with specific capacities, problems, and subjectivities. A specific target of research is the processes through which understandings of 'normal' children and a 'normal' childhood are constituted, and the roles that children and others play in reinforcing or contesting those understandings. The various research projects carried out at the department focus on understanding the ways in which children interpret their lives, how they communicate with others, and how they produce and/or understand literature, language, mass media and art. Research also documents and analyses the historical processes and patterns of socialization that structure the ways in which childhood and children can be conceived and enacted in various times, places and contexts.
The Department of Child Studies offers a one year Masters program, and a four year PhD program. Admission to the PhD program occurs every second year, at which time the department admits approximately six new students, all of whom are guaranteed full funding for the duration of the program. Both the Masters and the PhD programs stress interdisciplinary competence, and classroom instruction covers historical, psychological, developmental and anthropological dimensions of children and childhood. Against this interdisciplinary background, students in the PhD program are expected to specialize in their chosen academic field (history, social psychology, anthropology, etc.). The PhD program consists of 2-3 semesters of classroom instruction, followed by a 5-6 semesters of supervised work on a PhD thesis, which include a semester or more of supervised reading courses, or external courses, specially designed to fit the individual student's area of specialization.
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 1997. , 29 p.