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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2007

SOC 321L • Sociology of Education

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47657 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
WAG 420
LANGENKAMP

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?

Texts

The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education, Richard Arum and Irenee Beattie, 1999

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