EDUC 161. Politics, Policy and Education


Policy, Politics & Education is an honors seminar that explores the intersections of social policy, urban politics, and urban schooling. Drawing on a racial-economic analytic framework we will study the geo-political formation of U.S. cities (Philadelphia serves as our primary case study), policy and social movement. We will also look at urban education policy and pedagogical practices. With this literature as a foundation, students will receive training in the theories and methods of critical, participatory action research (CPAR). Over the course of the semester students work in small groups with a Philadelphia school or an education-focused based organization (CBO). In consultation with their partnering organization, student groups will develop and implement a CPAR project.
Honors candidates and students using this seminar as the capstone must take the seminar for two credits, course students may opt to take it as a 2- or a 1- credit seminar.
Prerequisite: EDUC 014 .
Recommended: EDUC 068  and EDUC 041  
2 credits.
Spring 2022. Mayorga.
Spring 2024. Mayorga.
Catalog chapter: Educational Studies  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/educational-studies


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