Throughout the world, education has become a vast and complex social institution that prepares citizens for the roles demanded by other social institutions, such as the family, government and the economy. Through the different theoretical perspectives, education is analyzed as a key social institution that influences and is influenced by the larger society. This course is designed for students to explore topics such as learning and social class, teacher and parental expectations, learning and gender, ethnicity, the role of education in the acculturation and assimilation process, and the relation between learning and family rearing practices. Therefore, the sociological and cultural aspects relating to public schools will be emphasized. In addition, students will experience firsthand some of the materials covered in class through a required field experience. 


4 sh

Course Types

Sociology Elective; Anthropology Elective; Poverty and Social Justice Elective


Offered fall and spring.

Previous Course Number

SOC 243


This is a service learning course that includes 15 hours at a community agency and 15 hours at a local school.

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