This program focuses on the subject of childhood from a range of different academic disciplines including, but not limited to:  literature, history, psychology, sociology and religious studies.  Topics such as the range of meanings of childhood, what competencies do children have, what rights and obligations do parents, educators, lawyers and journalists have to children and childhood are addressed within the program.  Topics covered in the program include:

  • history of families and childhood
  • changing images of children and families
  • changing family structures
  • family interaction
  • family formation and breakdown
  • child development
  • childhood socialization
  • children's social worlds
  • peer relations
  • families and  work
  • family and child poverty
  • families and communities
  • politics and families
  • families and the legal system
  • family and childhood social policy

King’s projects a minimum 78% final entrance average for Ontario high schools students. Averages are calculated on the top six 4U or 4M credits including English 4U.

College transfer students are required to have a minimum 2.7 GPA on an acceptable one-year certificate (General Arts and Sciences, Pre-Health Science, Human Services Foundation) or completed diploma. College transfer students may earn a maximum of five transfer credit. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

King’s projects a minimum 65% for admission for students transferring from another Canadian University. A maximum of ten transfer credit may be granted. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

Programs Offered

In first year, there is only one required course for the program.  Students will be able to select their remaining courses from a range of disciplines.

Sample Courses:  

  • Contemporary Perspectives on Childhood & Social Institutions
  • Emerging Perspectives in Childhood Studies
  • Children’s Literature
  • The Sociology of the Family
  • the Family in the North Atlantic World since 1500
  • Child Development
  • Responding to Child and Family Issues.

The CSI program will be of interest to people planning professional or academic careers in:

  • family law
  • social policy
  • social program development (in either government or social service agencies)
  • social work
  • clinical work with families or children
  • education
  • journalism
  • human resource management
  • early childhood education
  • or an academic career in a humanities or social science discipline  with a emphasis on childhood and family studies.

Approximate Costs

Fee details and schedules are available at

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