Sociology of Education

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of education in society for graduate students interested in K-12 and higher education settings. As scholars of education, we need to understand the dynamics of educational settings within a social context, that is, how schools, colleges, and universities reflect the larger society they are operating on, and how they are influenced by external factors (macro level). We also need to understand what is happening in the classrooms between teachers and students, and students and students (micro level), and how change and reform are occurring.

Learning Goals

1. Learn about sociology of education from the birth of a formal field of study to selected present inquiries into social inequalities.

2. Identify and understand theories of sociology of education both at the macro and micro level and apply them to contemporary educational issues.

3. Use your knowledge of experience and practice to interrogate sociological research.

4. Be able to pose a sociological question that speaks to the societal context (political, economical, cultural, and social issues) including issues of class, race, ethnicity, gender and nationality.

5. Become aware that theories are culturally constructed and may or may not be applicable to other countries/cultures, and that other cultures and societies have different educational structures and practices.

6. Learn and apply academic skills and professional competencies such as working in heterogeneous teams, develop intercultural awareness, taking on leadership roles, presenting in front of an audience, collecting relevant literature, and writing an analytical class paper.