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CEPS Fall 2018 Graduate Course Offerings


ELPS 405 Intro to Educational Policy (Sobe) WTC, Mondays 7:00-9:30

ELPS 410 Sociology of Education (Phillippo) WTC, Tuesdays 4:15-6:45

ELPS 420 Philosophy of Education (Shuffelton) WTC, Wednesdays 7:00-9:30

ELPS 500 Seminar in Current Literature: Race and Schools (Phillippo) WTC, Tuesdays 7:00-9:30

In this seminar-style course, we will explore how race and ethnicity shape students’ schooling and the results of that schooling, via interpersonal, instructional and institutional experiences in P-16 schools.  While school systems in other nations will be used occasionally for comparative purposes, this course’s primary focus will be on education in the United States.  This course will begin with a critical orientation to concepts used to define and make sense of race, and a brief overview of different racial groups’ experiences and outcomes in U.S. schools. The next unit will historically situate race in U.S. schools, considering how race has played out in schools since they originated, and touching upon patterns of racialization in schools and curricula over time.  Next, the course will explore students’ experiences of their and others’ race in school, touching upon intelligence definition and measurement, academic and racial identity formation, and social interactions within and across racial groups.  The course will then shift its focus to the school itself, exploring the intersections between race and teaching, curriculum, school and campus climate, and educational policy.  Assignments will include a race and schooling autobiography, interactive online forum posts, and an independent or small group final research project.

ELPS 515 Ed Policy Seminar: Democracy and Education (Shuffelton) WTC, Wednesdays 4:15-6:45

This course will explore some of the conceptual underpinnings of democracy as they relate to contemporary education policy.  Texts read include books by Richard Rorty, John Dewey, Cornell West Claudia Rankine and other contemporary writers who work on democracy and education.  Themes to be addressed include citizenship education, identity politics, hyper-partisanship, and new nationalisms.

ELPS 550 Globalization and Education (Sobe) WTC, Mondays 4:15-6:45

This course will examine globalization in relation to schooling and educational issues broadly considered.  We will examine globalization both as something that has a profound impact on schooling and as something that education produces.  In one part, the course will focus on ways that “globalization” has been problematized and researched by social scientists, particularly in educational literature.  Toward this end we will read recent social science scholarship and debates on how globalization might be productively theorized and studied.    Considering the theoretical lenses, disciplinary paradigms and research strategies that are being used to study globalization is important to graduate students who are designing research projects that will touch on the issues we will be exploring.  A second dimension of the course will be a focus on the concept of “global citizenship” and “global citizenship education” with the goal of figuring out how we can make sense of the complex and varied aspects that they takes globally, as well as how to best design / re-design curricula, pedagogies and educational institutions.