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EDUC 290


Assorted topics related to the field of education and education-related issues. May be repeated with different topics for credit. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

Current Semester Information

Manu Raghav

290A: Tps:Econ of Education

Tps:Economics of Educational Institutions and Policy

This course uses elementary concepts of economics to examine and analyze the education industry, particularly that in the United States. The course will cover primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels of education and would include issues such as economics of vouchers and charter schools, teachers' labor market including teacher recruitment and retention, compensation differentials in teachers' labor market, impact of teachers' unions, impact of smaller classes on student learning, student incentives, different types of funding of education at various levels of education, and the impact of higher educational attainment on the labor market outcomes of students. For each topic, this course will examine the implications and the effects of various educational policy changes. This course will also study the relationship between education and crime and that between education and the economic growth rate. Prerequisite: Econ 100.

Rebecca Alexander

290B: Tps:Crit Pedagogy/Theory

Tps:Critical Pedagogy, Critical Theory

How do we create educational projects dedicated to the practice of freedom--projects that unleash people's capacity to challenge injustice in their everyday lives and act to change the world around them? In this course we will not only explore this question and read the work of those who have tried to create liberatory and deeply democratic educational projects--we will also try to build such a space in our own classroom. As a EDUC 290B student, you will learn about, experiment with and engage in the techniques of popular education and critical pedagogy--working with myself and your classmates to collectively create a course that will transform how you understand and engage in education. We will explore how education projects engage with rural poverty, civil rights, queer justice, native sovereignty, and educational injustice, using these examples and your own experience to create and analyze action projects in your schools and communities that address issues you care about.