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Educational Theory and Policy (EDTHP)

EDTHP 200 (GS) Educational Reform and Public Policy (3) The course uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the reforms that shape the nation's largest social institutional-public education.

EDTHP 200 Educational Reform and Public Policy (3)

This course is designed an an introduction to the major "Education and Public Policy". The course explores fundamental questions about the United States by examining the nation's largest social institution-public education. Drawing from multiple social science disciplines, the course uses these questions to explore how ideologies, institutions and social groups have interacted to shape formal schooling and how schooling reflects the conflicting, interests, and beliefs of its citizens. Several case studies of past and present reforms will be analyzed to interpret the relations of schools to historic changes in legal norms, the distribution of power and resources in public institutions, and the access of different social groups to leadership and leverage in the political process of American society. The course has no prerequisites. The lectures and readings are designed for students interested in the uses of social science disciplines for studying public policy. Discussion sections are intended to lead to informed interpretation of educational policy dilemmas.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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