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

Spring 2009

WGS 345 • 23-Sociology of Education-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48020 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 231

Course Description

In this course we will explore the role of the American educational system in understanding social inequality. We will consider questions such as 1) Does our educational system promote social mobility or social reproduction? 2) How has the relationship between race/ethnicity and educational performance changed in the last few decades? 3) How do social class and gender shape the kinds of educational experiences students have? 4) How do the relationships between students affect their school experiences and achievement? 5) Does school choice reduce or increase social inequality? 6) Do state mandated assessment and accountability policies (like TAKS) improve student learning? Are schools failing?


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