Education and Inequality|
Spring 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, The Study of Education|
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
Grusky, David B. and Szonja Szelenyi. The Inequality Reader: Contemporary and Foundational Readings in Race, Class, and Gender. Colorado: Westview Press
And selections from:
1. Punishment and Inequality in America by Bruce Western
2. The Black-White Test Score Gap by Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips
3. Meritocracy and Economic Inequality by Kenneth Arrow, Samuel Bowles, Steven N. Durlauf, eds.
4. Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students In Cuba Do Better In School by Martin Carnoy
5. The Great Curriculum Debate by Loveless, Tom, ed.
6. And several articles from the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology
|Examination and Assignments: |
One 10-12 page quantitative Research Paper, two take home exams, in class presentations/debates, and a reading journal
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A Statistics Course (QAC 201, Math 132, ECON 300) and/or a class where you wrote a research paper using logistic or regression analysis (some sections of Soc202 qualify).