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SOC 338 - Sociology of Education (4)

This course provides an overview of sociological theories and research about education in modern societies, with a particular focus on the role of schooling in reproducing and/or redressing social inequalities. Topics include: major theories of education and society; the effects of school characteristics and funding on student achievement and educational attainment; the effects of social class on student achievement; the dynamics and impact of subcultures within schools; race, class, gender, and sexuality differences in curricula, instruction, school organization, and student experience; cross-national differences in educational systems; the commercialization of schooling; education-related controversies; and educational reform movements. The course considers education at a variety of levels, from preschool to university. Offered intermittently.