MALS/IDS Class Offering- SOC 433: The Sociology of Education

 Graduate Course
Autumn Quarter, 2015:
W 6:00-9:15pm
Room TBA in LPC
Professor Melanie Gast, Ph.D.
What roles do race, ethnicity, gender, and social class play in schooling? How do schools mitigate and reproduce inequality? How do disparities in school funding affect students? This is a graduate-level course examining the sociology of education. Education occupies a central role in our society as the site of both social reproduction and social mobility. In this course, we will focus on the origins and sources of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality in public U.S. education and the structure of schooling.We will read a variety of theoretical and empirical work using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The readings and discussion will have implications for issues impacting public schooling in Chicago, such as school closures, elected school board campaigns, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The course is divided into three main learning modules: (1) historical origins and thinking about educational inequality, (2) sources of inequality in American education, and (2) prospects for reducing educational inequality.