This seminar will expose students to major strands of theory and research in culture, society, organizations, and institutions as they connect to education. Students will also grapple with the role of theory in research, developing skills in embedding empirical questions within theoretical frameworks and debates. The seminar will be organized around four key questions: (1) What is the role of education in society? (2) What is the degree to which structure shapes us as individuals or groups in society, and what is the degree to which our agency--individual or collective--shapes our actions and experiences? (3) Why do racial and class inequality persist despite equal rights legislation and the welfare state? What role does education play in shaping or attenuating inequality, and what are the levers for change? (4) How does the nature of organizations shape the educational experiences of individuals and groups in society? The course will draw from key theoretical and empirical readings in education, sociology, political science, history, anthropology, and organizational behavior.
Permission of instructor required. Enrollment is limited to Ph.D. candidates in the Culture, Institutions, and Society concentration.
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