EDUC 068. Urban Education
(Cross-listed as SOAN 020B )
Drawing on anthropology, sociology, history, urban studies, and cultural studies, this course challenges popular notions of "urban education" rooted in deficit thinking. We consider "urban" as a lens for conducting a spatial analysis of inequalities, and "education" as an expansive concept that indexes the formal institution of schools, as well as informal youth culture. We also consider education's dual role in exacerbating inequalities, and its potential as sites of resistance, refusal, and liberation. Course topics include: market-based school reform, pedagogies of resistance, youth culture and the semiotics of language and fashion, school to prison pipeline, and segregation and integration. This course focuses on Philadelphia as a case study, and includes fieldwork, films, guest speakers, and field trips to enhance the learning process.
Eligible for BLST, LALS, CBL
Spring 2018. Liu.
Catalog chapter: Educational Studies
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/educational-studies
Check the Fall 2017 Schedule of Courses