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    Discuss the stages of the life course


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    Socialization Across the Life Course Section 5.4 

    Socialization is not a one-time or even a short-term event. Socialization is identified as a lifelong process. In the United States, socialization throughout the life course is determined greatly by age norms and “time-related rules and regulations” (Setterson 2002). As we grow older, we encounter age-related transition points that require socialization into a new role, such as becoming school age, entering the workforce, or retiring.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    Socialization & Life Course (Video)

    This 2:11 minute audio notes that socialization occurs throughout the several stages of the life course mostly characterized as childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. It goes further to explain the expectations and changes in each stage.

    Socialization Over Life Course (Video)

    This 22:59 minute lecture is about socialization as it occurs over a life course. It notes that life course simply means the stages people go through from birth to death.

    Socialization Through the Life Course

    This article guides the reader through life course – childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Within each of these categories, scholars further recognize subcategories, such as early adolescence and late adolescence, early adulthood and middle adulthood, and so forth. The article identifies when each stage of the life course begins and ends.