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1 Proposal: number 163

163. SOC 215: Sociology of Education

Contact:Suzanne Strickland
Abstract:This course examines the broad social, economic, and political forces that
shape the institution of education, its structure and function in U.S. society.
It is divided in two major sections.
The first section traces the development of the U.S. educational system. It
begins by examining the historical forces that shaped the foundations of the
current educational system and concludes with a critical analysis of current
educational developments and reforms. Emphasis is placed on examining how
other social institutions (such as the polity and economy) can influence the
functioning and organizational structure of schools.
The second section of the course focuses on the factors affecting individuals
who are working and learning within the school system. It begins
with a
series
of readings on the structure and character of the teaching occupation and
continues with readings examining the role and function of education for
individual students. Emphasis is placed on the social factors that affect
individual students–• access and success in education. It examines
differences in the educational experiences of individuals according to gender,
race, ethnicity and social class backgrounds.

This course examines the broad social, economic, and political forces that
shape the institution of education, its structure and function in U.S. society.
It is divided in two major sections.
The first section traces the development of the U.S. educational system. It
begins by examining the historical forces that shaped the foundations of the
current educational system and concludes with a critical analysis of current
educational developments and reforms. Emphasis is placed on examining how
other social institutions (such as the polity and economy) can influence the
functioning and organizational structure of schools.
The second section of the course focuses on the factors affecting individuals
who are working and learning within the school system. It begins
with a
series
of readings on the structure and character of the teaching occupation and
continues with readings examining the role and function of education for
individual students. Emphasis is placed on the social factors that affect
individual students–• access and success in education. It examines
differences in the educational experiences of individuals according to gender,
race, ethnicity and social class backgrounds.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
SOC 215 2010-03-26 SS Submitted Dept
SOC 215 2010-03-26 US Submitted Dept
SOC 215 2010-10-06 SS Approved GEAC
SOC 215 2010-10-06 US Approved GEAC
SOC 215 2010-10-14 SS Approved UCC
SOC 215 2010-10-14 US Approved UCC
SOC 215 2010-11-11 SS Approved Senate
SOC 215 2010-11-11 US Approved Senate