Education | children, economic diversity, and social justice
J760 | 5974 | Chafel

Intended for advanced graduate students in curriculum and
instruction, the course explores of “social class” at two extremes of
the economic spectrum: poverty and affluence. We examine what it
means to be economically deprived or privileged, and how access to
material wealth affects life chances in school and the broader
society. We consider how educational curricula and practices
perpetuate existing inequities, and reflect on ways to advocate for
social change. A few hours of volunteer work at a community agency
serving the needy in Bloomington is a course requirement. Opportunity
will be provided for students to pursue independent study on topics
of special interest.