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Daniel F. Jacoby
BPOLST 586
Bothell Campus

Issues in Education Policy

Examines issues in education policy in local and global contexts.

Class description

During Winter 2012 we use this course to explore the topic Education as Labor Policy.

Although many educators prefer that schooling be understood in its own terms, they are increasingly asked to justify the expense of schooling in utilitarian terms. Instructors are being asked to prepare workers who will make the US competitive in a global economy. In this course we consider the rationales, policies and capacities for schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to achieve these ends. Our study requires exploration into the history, trends and possible futures of our own of the global economy. Questions related to student debt, the costs and rates of return on education, linkages between schools and business, as well as employment trends arising from recession, outsourcing and technological displacement. In addition, we ask how academic labor markets and unions influence the provision of education. Finally, we ask whether the need to justify schooling as an economic engine compromises education.

Student learning goals

a. To identify key trends in education and labor markets

b. To identify existing and alternative policies that shape how investments in human capital are made and secured

c. To develop skills by working on a labor and education market research project

General method of instruction

Seminar and collaborative research

Recommended preparation

Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

Class assignments and grading

1. Term paper (approx. 15 pages) 2. Active contribution to class through seminar leadership and participation


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 Daniel F. Jacoby
Date: 11/30/2011