Sociology of Education

Tu 4:30PM - 7:10PM / 4318 Wesley W Posvar Hall / CRN 15827

In this course we will cover some of the foundational ideas and research in the sociology of education, focusing on three core areas: School effects, social identities and schooling, and classrooms as social spaces.  We’ll begin by considering classic theories of educational inequality, and empirical studies of inequality between and within schools, including a focus on segregation.  Next, we’ll consider how students’ social identities impact schooling, including social class and race/ethnicity.  Finally, we’ll examine the classroom as a social setting, including issues of student engagement, authority, and instructional processes.

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Sean Kelly

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Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

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