Sociology of Education: Political Economy of Urban Education and Environments

This course covers theory and research from a sociological perspective on how schooling impacts individuals and groups. Core to this content is exploring the relationships among social factors that influence how people interact with the educational system, make sense of their roles and opportunities within it, and are afforded opportunities for success or failure.

Students will examine the city and urban society in terms of social structure, residential and institutional patterns, processes of interaction, demographic processes, and patterns of growth and change. Students will explore the possibilities and limitations of educational systems, to provide solutions to complex social problems, including issues of poverty, racism, immigration, and social mobility.