Uses a wide range of social theory and philosophy to investigate mechanisms which reproduce inequality and asymmetry in American education.
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 Seattle. 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.
Class assignments and grading
Service learning: 3 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.