What really constitutes school success? Is a liberal education the best education? Do teachers treat children from different backgrounds unfairly? What aspects of society do schools reproduce? These are some of the questions that students will examine in this introductory course on how social theories have shaped educational policies and practice. We will read the primary works of major social and educational theorists, such as Karl Marx, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Pierre Bourdieu, and Annette Lareau, and Patricia Hill Collins. The course requires 15 hours of observation in a school. Counts toward the Education Interdisciplinary Minor.
Students entering 2012: satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.