Sociology of Education

SOCIOL XL M175

This course explores how the U.S. educational system both promotes socioeconomic opportunities and maintains socioeconomic inequalities.

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What you can learn.

  • Apply sociological theory and research methods to the way education is evaluated, improved, and adapted to a rapidly changing world
  • Understand school organization and educational processes from elementary, secondary, and post-secondary perspectives
  • Explore the ways that education impacts an individual’s identity, and study inequality, social class, gender, and race/ethnicity in the U.S. and across the world
  • Understand how educational policy is made, its origins, and the continuing effects of educational reform

About this course:

This course explores how the U.S. educational system both promotes socioeconomic opportunities and maintains socioeconomic inequalities. Topics include historical and theoretical perspectives on the role of education in U.S. society; trends in educational attainment; how family background, class, race, and gender affect educational achievement and attainment; stratification between and within schools; effects of education on socioeconomic attainment, family, health, attitudes, and social participation; and educational policies to improve school quality and address socioeconomic inequalities. Transferable for UC credit. 

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