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Spring 2018-2019
SOC 530   P/D/F Only

Sociology of Education (Half Term)

Jennifer L. Jennings

Poor students lag academically behind their more advantaged peers, and explanations for this achievement gap are hotly debated. While some have pointed to the quality of education offered in public schools as the primary culprit, others have drawn attention to the role of out-of-school factors in creating and exacerbating these gaps. In this course, which is a graduate-level introduction to the sociology of education, we make sense of competing explanations of pre-K-12 educational performance through a sociological lens, and evaluate the possibilities for and barriers to closing achievement gaps.

Sample reading list:
Weber, Max, Economy and Society
Bernstein, Basil, Class, Language and Socialization
Mehan, Hugh, Language and Schooling
Schultz, Theodore, Investment in Human Capital
Jaeger, Mads Meier, The Extended Family and Children's Educational Success
Mare, Robert, Change and Stability in Educational Stratification

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students write 4 memos, each of approximately 1000 words, critically evaluating the week's readings, identifying gaps in the literature, and proposing alternative empirical approaches to address the questions at hand. Students are assigned to present a set of readings for 2 of the 6 weeks of the course.

Papers - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
This is a six week course that meets from 3/28/19 - 5/2/19. Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form located at the following URL:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40777 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:30:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled