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This course considers parenting practices across diverse cultures around the world and within the United States. The interdisciplinary approach examines how evolution and geographic, political, religious, cultural , and economic characteristics of the community affect specific childrearing approaches and practices. The course also addresses whether there are universal patterns of parenting, or near-universal patterns, and examines which practices are indisputably variable. In trying to understand parenting practices, we will also examine parenting practices in our own community through a service learning project. The project will involve working with one of a number of agencies. These agencies include United for Kids, a family resource program which empowers parents in the NW quadrant of SLC, International Rescue Committee, And Early Literacy First. (Service Learning)IR