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Spring 2015-2016
* SOC 349 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Schools and Society: Race, Class and Gender in U.S. Education

Daisy L. Lovelace

This course uses sociological methods to examine the roles that race, class, and gender play in the making of U.S. educational systems. We will explore the challenges of schooling in an increasingly diverse society, devoting great attention to the complex factors that produce inequities in P-16 education. We will also interrogate many assumptions and themes that dominate contemporary discussions of U.S. education, including merit, school discipline, and college access. The course introduces students to leading approaches to the sociological study of education and offers fresh perspectives on pressing educational issues facing society.

Sample reading list:
A. Lareau, Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention
J. Oakes, Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality
E. Armstrong and L. Hamilton, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be one mid-term examination (25%) and a final presentation on a topic of the student's choice (30%). Students will also be required to write a critical review essay on one of the course texts (20%) and an educational autobiography (10%). The remaining 15% of the course grade is based on class participation and discussion questions.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43799 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:14 Limit:12 Closed