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Critical Issues in Education

AMST 287
Spring 2012 not offered
Certificates: Civic Engagement
Course Cluster: Service-Learning

This seminar explores critical traditions in education from both theoretical and practical perspectives. We investigate a number of nontraditional educational projects, with a focus on the Center for Prison Education's (CPE) college-in-prison initiative. All students will participate in a CPE practicum that will be central to our work, requiring ethnographic research and reflection on teaching, learning, and curriculum development.

Course readings will address the challenges of work with "underprepared" students and the complex problems posed by teachers who bring identities and positions to their work with particular students or groups of students who possess their own, quite different identities and positions. The institutional, intellectual, and political workings of public schools in the contemporary U.S. are the template against which we raise questions and imagine possibilities for education in alternative settings.

Essential Capabilities: Effective Citizenship, Intercultural Literacy
Effective citizenship: this course engages a major institution of contemporary U.S.; it asks students to question, frame, and articulate issues of education in prison as they work with individuals and groups of highly diverse backgrounds, thus developing the capacity to view public issues from different perspectives.

Intercultural literacy: the course requires sustained comparison of teaching, learning, and curriculum development in prison with similar activities in non-incarcerated school settings, and uses ethnographic methods to reflect on prison and school as "cultures."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)

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