What will I learn?

Ever wish someone listened to you as a child? Our Children, Childhood and Youth program focuses on the experiences, knowledge and concerns of children. You will learn ethnographic techniques specific to children and their cultures. You'll analyze children's voices in contemporary and historical contexts and gain an understanding of the human condition from the child's perspective. You'll also participate in community-based partnerships and be encouraged to take part in advocacy work.

Children, Childhood and Youth explores global childhood experiences in philosophical and social terms and their personal, societal and human consequences. Attention is paid to the nature and significance of children's culture – distinguishing between culture created by adults for children and the culture of children themselves. You will learn how to engage children, discern children's voices in historical and cultural contexts and come to understand the human condition from their perspective.

The Children, Childhood and Youth program is truly interdisciplinary, incorporating expertise and courses from programs such as sociology and psychology. Courses include:

Introduction to Children, Childhood and Youth Studies

Global Cultures of Children and Young People

Research with Children and Young People

Honours Research Project

Internships / Practicums

Students in our program access to a variety of unique advantages:

York is home to the Canadian Children's Culture Collection, a major archive of child-related materials including York-based studies and unique toy collections designed by children. York is also home to the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, which supports research in health, education, relationships and development of infants, children, adolescents, emerging adults and families. Additionally, York hosts the Alexander F. Chamberlain speaker series, which features lectures and seminars from leading scholars in the Children's Studies field.

Learn with professors that are actively involved in research with children and young people in Canada and around the world, covering a range of topics from literature and ethnomusicology to critical race studies and the global cultures of children and young people

You will have the opportunity to enhance your studies and add to your university experience by participating in an exchange program with the Children’s Studies program at the National University in Galway, Ireland. You also have the opportunity to explore the cultures of children and youth in international contexts such as Limpopo, South Africa, by taking an international field study course.

Join a child/youth-centred club or association. Local chapters of the advocacy groups "Free the Children" and "Right to Play" are found on York's campus and play an important role in the program. The York student club Peace by PEACE works with children, empowering them to prevent, manage and resolve conflict peacefully.

The Children, Childhood & Youth Student Association (CCYSA) offers students an opportunity to gain further knowledge of children and their cultures; to advocate for children's rights; to build lasting friendships and partnerships in the community through social and cultural events, advocacy projects, and information sessions; and to provide resources for its members such as mentoring, leadership training, and volunteer opportunities.

Possible Career Paths:

Counsellor, Social worker, Lawyer, Teachers, Librarians, and International development worker.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$32,416.00 (19,09,069) per year
Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

4700 Keele Street,

S900 Ross Building,

TORONTO,

Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Accepted Language Tests and Scores: TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83; IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5; Pearson PTE Academic: 60; Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60; Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced; Duolingo: 115.

For international students

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Canada.

Accepted Language Tests and Scores

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83

IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic: 60

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced

Duolingo: 115

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Fleming College
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