Sociology | Social Problems and Policies
S101 | 3444 | Jordon

6:30PM-8:45PM	MW	BH 204

In both the United States and abroad, education represents a major
contradiction within society.  Education is often seen as the great
equalizer, providing individuals with the greatest opportunities for
social mobility.  At the same time, education is a powerful source
of social reproduction and inequality.  This course is designed to
present you with an introduction to important issues in the
sociology of education.  Topics include equality of educational
opportunity, equality of educational outcomes, the dynamics of race,
class, and gender in education, tracking, school choice, teaching as
a profession and issues in higher education.  Our chief goal for the
course is to understand how sociology offers a unique perspective on
the problems and promises of education.  Sociologists focus on the
social processes that affect both the means and ends of education.
Therefore, we will pay particular attention to the social processes
and consequences of education for the multitudes of people engaged
in it.