Department of Sociology

Melissa Humphries

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Melissa Humphries



SOC 308 • Education And Society

45463 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 900am-1000am BUR 220


Though many people see education as the pathway to success in American society, others see it as an unjust system that contributes to social inequality. This course serves as an introduction to sociological perspectives on the purpose of schools and their connection to the larger society. The overarching goal of this course is to enhance your understanding of how schools work and how they influence individual lives and opportunities. We will use key sociological concepts, theories, and methods to go beyond our own individual experiences and explore the educational system in the context of larger social forces. We will examine the multiple functions and goals of education, stratification between schools and within schools, and inequalities of race, social class, and gender.


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