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Tami Blumenfield
B EDUC 491
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Education

Class description

This course will introduce students to issues and approaches relevant to the study of education within the field of anthropology. Readings explore educational experiences in cultures around the world as well as schooling in the United States. In this course, students are viewed as individuals whose enculturation and attitudes toward education belong to a larger context that includes family, peers, and society. A service learning component will help connect principles learned in this university classroom to the everyday educational situations experienced by learners throughout the Puget Sound region. Your reflections on this experience will be an integral form of your participation in this course.

Student learning goals

Recognize how schools function as cultural zones

Analyze interactions that occur around educational practices

Develop your own critiques and contributions to questions related to education and schooling

Apply course content to interactions with diverse communities outside the UW

General method of instruction

Discussion, readings, experiential learning, lecture, film viewing.

Recommended preparation

This course has no prerequisites. Students are required to engage in community-based learning by working off-campus with an organization or in a school for approximately 4 hours per week. Every attempt will be made to find placements that fit student schedules, but students should be aware of this requirement when they register for the course.

Class assignments and grading

Community-based learning: 4 hours per week of service in a community organization and keeping a journal reflecting on that experience.

Discussion facilitation: Student-led short class discussion and reflection on readings individually or in collaboration with another student in the course.

Midterm and final papers.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tami Blumenfield
Date: 08/25/2009