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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2008


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Course Description

This course examines education from a sociological perspective. We will use various sociological concepts, methods and theories to explore the institution of education, going beyond our own individual experiences with education. Specific topics include higher education; and stratification within and between schools with a focus on race, class and gender.

Grading Policy

Three in-class multiple choice, short answer and essay tests (60% - 20% each). One paper of 5-6 pages (25%). Class participation, including individual and group activities as well as video reflection papers (15%).


ª Arum, Richard and Irenee R. Beattie. 2000. The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education. Boston: McGraw-Hill. ª Conley, Dalton. 2000. Honky. Vintage Press. ª Kozol, Jonathan. 2006. The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. Three Rivers Press. ª Lareau, Annette. 2003. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life. University of California Press. ª Nathan, Rebekah. 2005. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ª Packet of readings to include: Allington and McGill-Franzen. The Impact of Summer Reading Setback on the Reading Achievement Gap , Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 85, No. 1 (September 2003): 68-75. Freeman, C.E. 2004. Executive Summary: Trends in Educational Equity for Girls and Women 2004 (NCES 2005-016). U.S Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. Ladson-Billings, Gloria. 1994. "Seeing Color, Seeing Culture". In The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 30-53. Sargent, Paul. (2000). Real Men or Real Teachers? Contradictions in the Lives of Men Elementary Teachers. Men and Masculinities 2(4):410-433.


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