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Faculty Focus: The Global Studies Seminar: Young Lives with Dr. David Rosen

Children are all too often the forgotten victims of global conflicts and the unseen victims of global inequalities. The focus of a new course developed by anthropologist Dr. David Rosen is to better understand experiences of Children and the Youth across the globe. Interdisciplinary by design, the course includes elements of history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, law, and even literature of Children and the Youth. In an interview with Dr. Rosen he stated that the course also examines "changing ideas about childhood and the role of Children and Youth in the family, the work place, politics, the military, religion and schooling."

He enthusiastically expounded on the fact that there is an emerging interest in Children and the Youth in academia in the recent 10 to 15 years. Every major social science is engrossed in the study of the role of children and the youth in the family, the work place, politics, the military, religion and education. "The youth and children have been overlooked in the past," says Dr. Rosen, "But their time has come." Rosen, recipient of the university’s award for research and scholarship, is author of Armies of the Young: Child Soldiers in War and Terrorism (2005), which explores case studies from Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, as well as contemporary Sierra Leone and Palestine. He also is author of Child Soldiers: A Reference Handbook (2012).

The course Global Studies: Young Lives is under the Department of Social Sciences and History (Course Section Number: ANTH_2298_31) and is of great interest to the incoming freshman in the Global Studies program. The students who join the seminar will live together as an academic community with the goal being that the students will blend their academics with their day to day activities. Furthermore it will allow students from different backgrounds and upbringings to compare and have a greater understanding on how a child’s history and past impacts the youth’s views on global issues.

The program is being sponsored by the Provost’s Office at the Fairleigh Dickinson University College at Florham. This program is great opportunity for students at Fairleigh Dickinson University towards their goal as well as that of the University to prepare world class Global citizens.