Course Descriptions

The Education and Society minor

EDUC 421: Global Issues: Impact on Educational Outcomes (4 units)

The purpose of the course is to situate U.S. education within the global context, and examine the impact of global issues on education in the 21st Century. This course is designed as an exploration of some of the key issues directly impacting teaching and learning. The importance of curricular relevance and pedagogy for the 21st Century is highlighted, especially in expanding educational opportunity for equity in educational outcomes. Global contexts are examined for their relationships to U.S. schooling, and local formal and informal educational settings in particular. Students self-select international, national, and local issues with a focus on local, community formal and informal educational settings and the connections of global issues on educational outcomes within those settings to research for a final presentation. For classrooms in the U.S. and internationally, closing the classroom door on these issues robs students of future potential participation in social, economic and political arenas locally, nationally, and internationally.

EDUC 422: Social Change, Difference and Access to Schooling (4 units)

This course examines access to schooling and quality education in international contexts across student difference indexed by race, class and gender. This course is grounded in theories and research connected comparative and international education and sociology of education. In the course we will consider various cases of individual students, schools, nation states and regions as they negotiate inequity in access and quality. We will also explore several examples of individuals, schools and nation-states that have made tremendous advances towards equity of access and quality across student difference.

EDUC 423: Unrealized Promise and Hope for Education in the 21st Century (4 units)

This course reviews U.S. education in a global context to investigate the relationship between the promise of education and often-failed outcomes. Investigation of the social, political, and literacy theories influencing how educational promise has been historically realized and derailed is reviewed on a national level. Twenty-first century skills are examined for their role in shifting educational paradigms, focusing on the technologies of new media and literacies that hold hope for the future of education in designing social futures.

EDUC 426: Educational Inquiry (4 units)

This course introduces students to educational inquiry and is guided by a skills-­‐based approach that will support students in learning how to conduct it. Educational Research is essential to educational theory and practice. Students are constantly exposed to educational research in other courses in the education minor and in the media. This Course is intended to be practically useful to students’ future in education both as a practitioners and researchers as well as informed and productive members of society. Understanding and applying the scientific method in educational research offers students the opportunity to develop a more systematic understanding of themselves and specific educational experiences in a given context.