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Education and Inequality

SOC 263
Spring 2011
Section: 01  
Certificates: Civic Engagement

This course will focus on educational institutions as mechanisms of cultural transmission, socialization, and legitimation. How do social characteristics such as ethnicity, gender, and social class influence classroom interactions and performance? In what ways are school experiences related to occupational aspirations and attainment? We will examine how schools produce inequality through peer-group cultures, tracking, measures of achievement, and the distribution of knowledge. Schools and universities often become arenas of cultural and political conflict; we will assess the possibilities and limits of educational organizations as vehicles for social change.

Essential Capabilities: Effective Citizenship, Quantitative Reasoning
In this class we will examine social stratification and educational inequalities through a critical look at quantitative research.

We will examine issues such as the racial disparities in incarceration; the rise in income inequality; gender inequalities in earnings; the rates of social mobility; school and residential segregation; trends in racial/ethnic inequalities in wealth, employment, and education; the role of education in social mobility; the achievement gap; education reform debates; the effects of school vouchers; and debates about tracking, merit pay, standards, and back to basics education.

Students will do statistical analyzes of national data sets to explore policy debates about education, inequality, poverty, and social mobility. Each student will identify a research question related to a policy issue in education or social stratification. Next, students will identify an appropriate data set and use regression or logistic analysis to address this question.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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