School and Society

Contemporary issues and trends in public schooling viewed in historical, sociological, and philosophical perspectives; changes in schools in relation to changes in social structure and in democratic ideals.

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Human Rights and Education

Explores key questions related to global education and human rights, from the abstract to the practical, and the individual to the global levels. Using examples from around the world, we explore fundamental questions related the field of human rights and education together, such as: can the global human rights framework improve current educational, national, social, and economic inequities? Do schools have the responsibility to teach or to practice human rights education? And, can one global education and human rights model best meet the needs of our diverse global population?

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Comparative Education

Examines the socio-cultural, political and economic forces that shape education around the world, including in the U.S. Explores a series of essential questions about the means and ends of education, including: the purposes of schooling in different locations; the role of schooling in producing inequality or supporting social change, particularly in relation to class, race, gender, migration, language, and abilities; global educational reform; global educational assessments; curriculum and pedagogy; and teacher education. Enroll Info: None

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History-American Education

Examines the history of education in America from the colonization of North America to the present to consider education in its broadest sense – as a process of individual development and cultural transmission. Explores such topics as the rise of common schools in the urban North; the education of Native Americans, immigrants, slaves, and free blacks; the evolution of teacher training (primarily for women); various philosophies of “progressive” school reform; the politics of desegregation, bilingual education, and special education; the articulation between high school and college work; and the evolving federal role in American education. Enroll Info: None

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Education and Public Policy

Examines a variety of topics related to educational policies, practices, and issues in social, cultural, historical, and political economic contexts in the U.S. and around the world. Enroll Info: None

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Problems in Educ Pol

Examines various debates in the field of education policy specific to special topic identified by instructor/faculty. Policy area and faculty vary each semester. Enroll Info: None

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Introduction to Education

An introduction to fundamental educational questions, concepts, perspectives and ideas, designed to enable thoughtful examination and assessment of proposed and existing educational policies and practices. Enroll Info: None

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