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Sociology of Education

Instructor: Susan Rosenbloom
Credits: 4

This course has a dual focus: to participate in a community school by working in the after-school program in Orange, NJ while also studying the interaction between education and society. These components will interact and inform each other, so that class readings are connected to your work in Orange, which in turn enriches your understanding of the sociology of education. This class will investigate relationships between schools and society, including (1) the functions of schooling (e.g. sorting, credentialing, stratifying); (2) the reproduction of racial/ethnic, gender and class inequalities; and (3) the scope of potential educational overhaul. We explore contemporary issues in American public education such as high-stakes testing, teacher training, school-choice, and unequal outcomes. We also examine cross-national comparisons of educational reform in Finland, Singapore, and South Korea to consider how the American system can be improved. Fingerprinting and criminal background check required.

Prerequisite: SOC 101 unless you receive permission from the instructor. Course capped at 12.

Attributes: CLA-Community Based Learning; CLA-Immersive Experience: CLA-Pan-African Studies: CLA-CEA and Au Pair

Meeting Time/Days

  • Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Time: 12:30 – 2:30
  • Term: Spring, 2021

Registration Information

  • SOC 318 (CRN 30345)

About Community-Based Learning Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with off-campus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network. All CBL classes have been approved as Immersive Experiences.

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