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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
December 2, 2016
Canadian Excellence

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."

 ~ Graham Greene ~

What is a child? What is youth? And what does it mean to be a child or a youth in a contemporary world? Laurier Brantford's new Honours program in Youth and Children's Studies uses these questions as the basis for an exploration into the worlds and issues of children and youth.

In order to truly understand children and youth in the 21st century, we need to examine the many worlds they inhabit; school, home, cultural and religious groups, peer groups, neighbourhoods, media communities, and even "brand tribes".  This program looks at children and youth from many different perspectives, using tools from psychology, criminology, media studies, indigenous studies, health studies, literature and history.  The program looks at children and youth not just as objects of academic inquiry, but as subjects and agents in their own right, who engage with and impact the wider world around them.