Mariel Lemonik Arthur
Office: South Court 113, x4219
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-4; appointments available Tuesday and Thursday
10:30-11:30; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after 4 pm, and other
times as necessary.
Course meets Wednesday and Friday, 2:30-3:45, Ben 201
have always been educated, but over the past few centuries, formal
schooling has changed from the province of elites and clergymen to an
institution that boys and girls enter as toddlers and exit as teenagers
or adults—in other words, one of the institutions that affects our
lives and our society most significantly. This course considers how
education as an institution is structured and what its effects are in
contemporary, historical, and comparative perspective. It examines
education as a stratifying mechanism and how education plays a role in
socialization and cultural transmission. A main focus will be the
intersection of race, class, gender, and other forms of inequality
within the educational system. The course will cover education from the
earliest grades through graduate school, as well as contentious
contemporary policy issues in education.
This course aims to provide students with the skills to understand the
organization, stratification, and culture of educational systems and
institutions. By the end of the course, students are expected to have
improved their abilities in sociological analysis, developed their
sociological writing and primary research skills, come to understand
their own place within educational systems and hierarchies, and become
able to use their skills and abilities to debate important contemporary
policy issues related to education.
Copyright 2007 Mikaila
Mariel Lemonik Arthur.