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SOC 434: Topics in Urban & Public Policy-Urban Schools and Communities Fall 2018

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Honors Experiences

SOC 434: Topics in Urban & Public Policy-Urban Schools and Communities Fall 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Capen 109

In the United States, a child’s home address is one of the major factors determining the quality of schooling that s/he will receive. WHY?

In this new course, students will examine the relationship between urban public schools in the U.S. and the neighborhoods and communities in which they are located. Topics include:
-Why are many schools so segregated on the basis of race and class? Why does
segregation matter?
-How does neighborhood violence influence children’s performance in school?
-How are residential segregation and school segregation related?
-What factors determine where families choose to live and where they choose to send
their children to school?
-How have government policies and practices concerning neighborhood and community
development affected schools over time?
-How have some cities tried to desegregate their schools? What has worked? What
hasn’t worked?
-What does it mean to say that a neighborhood is “gentrifying”? How does that affect
the neighborhood’s schools?
-What is the “school-to-prison pipeline”?
This course may be used to satisfy advanced course requirements in the following SSC concentrations:
-Urban & Public Policy
-Health & Human Services – Early Childhood
-Health & Human Services – Community Mental Health