Sociology of Education

The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.                                                                                                                          –James Baldwin


Course Description

This inter-disciplinary course examines the social influences on education and the effects of education and schooling on the social experiences and identities of individuals and groups in contemporary society. Interrogates the premise of education as a great equalizer to analyze whether and how educational systems create opportunity both in the US and globally. Special emphasis is placed an understanding the history of reform, the role of poverty, segregation, sexism, and language in education as well as on brain function, memory and learning. Students are expected to take an active role by each presenting recent research on a relevant topic of their choice and participating in small group in-class discussions