SOC 3340 Sociology of Education (3 credits)
This course will focus not on how we learn, but why we go to school, from multiple sociological perspectives. What roles has schooling played, past and present? How is formal education connected to other social structures? How is education connected to social status, and social inequality? In this course, we will address the development and functions of public education, how and to what extent education both fosters social mobility and reproduces social inequality, how patterns of racial segregation, gender inequality, and social/class divides were, and are, related to education, the cultural dimensions and conflicts surrounding education, and future possibilities in an economy increasingly shaped by information and automation. This course focuses largely (but not exclusively) on the United States, after the Second World War.
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