Diversity Related Courses at Penn GSE (Fall 2017)

EDUC512-001: University - Community Partnerships

Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) course where students will study and discuss the history, rationales, and manifestations of partnerships and develop better understandings of topics such as institutional roles and relationships, service learning, community perspectives, policy issues, and evaluation.

EDUC514-001: Education in Developing Countries

Students will examine theoretical frameworks and historical perspectives that will allow us to develop a better understanding of what is meant by "development" as well as recognize how concepts relate to basic educational planning and practice in various international contexts.

EDUC516-001: Teaching Writing in Multilingual Contexts

This course introduces participants to a range of theoretical and practical issues related to second language literacy development, with a particular emphasis on writing instruction. An intensive service-learning project offers course participants the opportunity to work with developing writers in a bilingual community organization.

EDUC537-001: Educational Linguistics

An introduction to the basic levels of language (phonetics and phonology, morphology and semantics, syntax, pragmatics) with special emphasis on the relevance of linguistic concepts to education. Topics may include bi/multilingualism, language variation, and language acquisition.

EDUC540-001:Teaching Diverse Learners

This course engages student teachers working with diverse learners, presenting factual information about specific areas of need situated within a socio-cultural framework. It addresses content related to both special education and English language learners in four areas: (1) Introduction to Special Education; (2) Learning Categories; (3) Issues in Special Education; and (4) Working with English Language Learners. Offered within the Teacher Education Program

EDUC544-001: School & Society

This course reviews the major empirical and theoretical research from the social history, and social theory on the development, organization and governance of American education, and the relationship between schooling and the principal institutions and social structures of American society.

EDUC545-006: College Environments

Throughout this course, students will engage in an examination of the environments student affairs professionals, students, and faculty inhabit on college and university campuses. The intent of this course is to familiarize students with higher education settings, particularly in terms of structure, mission, climate, culture, and structure. We will also address how community members from different backgrounds can see and be shaped by the same environment in distinctive ways.

EDUC545-401: Colorism and African Americans

This course critically examines colorism as it relates to African Americans and the evolving meanings connected to this phenomenon. Four broad themes will guide this course; 1) the history and development of colorism; 2) the psychology and politics of colorism; 3) gender and colorism; and 4) colorism and the media.

EDUC546-001: Sociolinguistics in Education

This course examines the educational consequences of linguistic and cultural diversity. Topics include language contact and language prestige, multilingualism and language ecology, regional and stylistic variation, verbal repertoire and communicative competence, language and social identity, codeswitching and diglossia, language socialization and language ideology, as they relate to educational policy and practice in the United States and around the world.

EDUC547-401: Anthropology & Education

An introduction to the intent, approach, and contribution of anthropology to the study of socialization and schooling in cross-cultural perspective. Education is examined in traditional, colonial, and complex industrial societies.

EDUC551-001: Outside the School Box

This course explores historical and contemporary challenges involved in the policy and practice of non-school education agencies and factors that work in service to local school/community settings. Students will explore several historical case studies, conceptual frames, and current policy challenges, culminating in a community-based research project.

EDUC559-001: Sociology of Education

This course provides an overview of key theoretical perspectives and topics in the sociology of education, including expansion of formal educational systems; the extent to which educational systems contribute to or inhibit social mobility; inequality of educational inputs and outcomes by race, social class, and gender; and the social organization of educational institutions, including sources of authority, community, and alienation.

EDUC570-001: Education and The American Metropolis

Education and the American Metropolis centers on major trends and factors that have shaped cities and their preK-16 school systems since the Second World War, including racial discrimination, migration and immigration, suburbanization, deindustrialization, U.S. housing policy, social welfare policy, and urban renewal.

EDUC573-001: Higher Ed Policy: What We Can Learn from Other Countries

This course examines the proposition that policy makers, educational leaders and practitioners can learn from what has worked and failed in higher education policy and practice in other nations.

EDUC575-401: Psychoeducational Interactions with Black Males

This course is designed to introduce students to innovative approaches to the psychology of education, especially with regard to populations from at-risk contexts, sociocultural dimensions of education, and social-emotional learning.

EDUC581-001: Advanced Psychology of Women

The course is intended for those who already have a foundation in the study of the psychology of women and want to expand their understanding of the provision of psychological services to include a contextual, feminist, and relational perspective. Theoretical and applied practices regarding women's mental health, issues of diversity, sexuality and relationships for women will be addressed

EDUC594-001: Diversity in Higher Education

This course explores issues of diversity as they pertain to higher education, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, ideology, etc. Rather than focusing on specific populations of people, the course will tackle issues of diversity within the context of concrete higher education functions and problems.

EDUC595-401: Politics and Education

In this course, students look at the governance of schools, the trust in them and their relations to socio-economic conditions in society, among other topics, using research in education, political science, and political theory.

EDUC596-001: International Early Childhood Policies and Programs

This course focuses on early childhood development research, policies, and practices in low and middle-income countries. The first part of the course reviews the evidence for investing in young children from economic, health, and education perspectives. The second part of the course discusses current issues related to designing, implementing, and evaluating quality, contextually-appropriate early childhood interventions.

EDUC610-001: Cultural Perspectives on Human Development

This course focuses on children's and adolescents' development from cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. Topics include traditional and recent theories of cultural influence on development, research strategies, socialization values and practices, and socioemotional and cognitive functions such as aggression and conflict, shyness, and academic achievement in cultural context. Issues involving ethnicity and social and cultural changes are also discussed.

EDUC640-001: History of American Higher Education

This interactive course focuses on the history of American higher education from the Colonial period through the current day. An emphasis is placed on underrepresented institutions and individuals. Students will have the opportunity to make connections between historical trends and movements and current issues.

EDUC661-001: Language Diversity & Education

Exploration of issues affecting educational policy and classroom practice in multilingual, multicultural settings, with an emphasis on ethnographic research. Topics include policy contexts, program structures, teaching and learning in the multilingual classroom, discourses and identities in multilingual education policy and practice, and the role of teachers, researchers, and communities in implementing change in schools.

EDUC676-001: Discursive Approaches in Intercultural Communication

This course offers a discourse-based approach and hands-on introduction to the field of intercultural communication, from the micro-level of interpersonal interaction to the macro-level of institutional practice. Students will hone their observational and analytic abilities, while gaining an appreciation of and facility for participating in the communicative diversity around them.

EDUC678-001: Gender & Sexuality in Education

This seminar gives an overview of the intersections and interplay among gender, sexuality, and education through theory, practice, current discussions, and analysis of varied contexts in English speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia). After examining the theoretical foundations of genders and sexualities, we will look at their histories and effects in K-12 schools and colleges and universities as well as explore special topics.

EDUC723-001: Multicultural Issues in Education

This course examines critical issues, problems, and perspectives in multicultural education. Intended to focus on access to literacy and educational opportunity, the course will engage class members in discussions around a variety of topics in educational practice, research, and policy. Specifically, the course will (1) review theoretical frameworks in multicultural education, (2) analyze the issues of race, racism, and culture in historical and contemporary perspective, and (3) identify obstacles to participation in the educational process by diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

EDUC727-001: Education, Culture & Society

This course surveys basic issues in the philosophical and social foundations of education, addressing basic questions about the purpose of education, mostly through reading primary texts