Educ 162: Education And Opportunity In The United States

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EDUC 162 – Education and Opportunity in the United States
In this course, students identify, explore, and question prevailing assumptions about education in the United States. The objectives of the course are for students to develop both a deeper understanding of the system’s historical, structural, and philosophical features and to look at schools with a critical eye. We examine issues of power and control at various levels of the education system. Participants are encouraged to connect class readings and discussion to personal schooling experiences to gain new insights into their own educational foundations. Among the questions that are highlighted are: How should schools be organized and operated? What information and values should be emphasized?
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Open to all students with not previous instruction in Spanish. Yearlong course 105-HISP 106. Four 50-minute periods; one hour of drill.

PSYC 105 – Introduction to Psychology: A Survey
This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental psychological processes, their nature and development, and contemporary methods for their study through a survey of the major research areas in the field. Areas covered include the biological and evolutionary bases of thought and behavior, motivation and emotion, learning, memory, thinking, personality, developmental, and social psychology. Students are expected to participate in three hours of psychological research during the semester. Two 75-minute periods.

RUSS 155 – WW II in Russian Cinema (in
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This course aims to introduce you to a sociological perspective through an exploration of social justice. We will begin with an analysis of what a sociological perspective entails, including an understanding of the structural and cultural forces that shape our lives and those of the people around us and how, in turn, individual makes choices and influence social change. Social justice delineates and describes injustices such as economic inequality, racism, sexism, and homophobia and, by definition addresses solutions and alternative social systems. Sociology has a long tradition of commitment to social justice issue and we will consider a wide variety of them including: issues of power, how social advantages and disadvantages are distributed, the relationship between social location in inequality, and the practice of reducing the gap between them at the local, national, and global levels. Social justice is a perspective for understanding and for action. Two 75 minute
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