Children and Youth Studies is a specialization within the Social Policy for Develpment Major in Development Studies offered by the International Institute of Social Studies.

The specialisation Children and Youth Studies provides participants with a critical understanding of how children and youth are situated in local and global development processes by approaching “generation” as an integral social variable which intersects with others such as gender, class, and ethnicity. Students analyse how young people influence development and social change processes as well as how development shapes various dimensions of young people’s lives. They do this by deconstructing the framing of young people in development discourses and interventions, including human capital, rights-based, actor-oriented and victimhood perspectives. They strengthen their critical awareness of the global, comparative history of childhood and youth, and of the vastly different socio-economic, cultural and political environments under which children and youth grow up. The specialization explores issues of poverty, equity, rights and social development of young people from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on sociology, political economy, anthropology, law and social history, paying particular attention to the roles of peer groups, households, schools, social media, the state, and development organizations in young people’s lives. It also draws on a range of analytical perspectives including agency, generations, intra-household relations, rights-based perspectives, life course, intersectionality, socialization, governmentality, social protection, social reproduction, and sub-cultures.

This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field Children and Youth Studies. The blog is administered by the ISS’s Children and Youth Studies teaching team.

International Institute of Social Studies

ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.