SOC 396L • POVERTY, RACE, AND SCHOOLS
This seminar will focus on children's academic outcomes within the contexts of poverty, race, and schools in K-12 education. As part of the effort to understand why some children have higher quality schooling experiences than others, we will assess a number of student groups including, poor children, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will also use the contexts of poverty, race, and schools to discuss the roles of teachers and parents in affecting children's academic outcomes, with a primary emphasis placed on their importance in elementary and middle schooling. Much of the course is based on contemporary readings by scholars in the fields of sociology and education. Each student is expected to take part in classroom discussions and also lead the class by presenting a selected set of readings. Assignments and grading will be announced on the first day of class.