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Spring 2011 - 61950 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Education, Social Change, and Evolving Public Policy: From Public School to Private Good

Instructor(s): Rhodes, Lodis
Unique Number: 61950
Day & Time: W 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.360
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.

 

Section Description

Does schooling reflect or create change in society?  How does social class relate to availability of and access to quality schooling?  Is schooling still the primary pathway to a better life?

This course looks at schooling in historical context with an eye on its purported role as a social leveler. It assesses the narrow theoretical base - individualism coupled with the role of liberal democratic institutions - that accounts for our faith in the power of schooling. The course explores patterns and trends related to inequality - the ever-widening gap in income and wealth at home.  It also suggests re-thinking the prevailing moral orthodoxy ó investment in a public good ó used to justify publicly subsidized schools.  The new look leads to questions of how to re-design schooling at all levels (K-16) to more consistently match our democratic ethic of inclusion, engaged participation, and as catalyst for innovation.

The course is appropriate for advanced graduate students with active, well-defined research interests in education policy. It may suit beginning graduate students interested in school reform and the broader issues of social inequality, race, and class.