Education

Life and Death in Late Imperial China: Social History of the 10th to 19th Centuries

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023

This course is a survey of the social and cultural history of China from the Song to the mid-Qing (roughly from 1000 to 1800). The main topics discussed include urbanization and commerce; gender; family and kinship; education and the examination system, and religion and ritual. The main goal of the course will be to explore the relationship between social and cultural changes and political and intellectual developments.

 

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
The seminar, co-taught with the artist Nicolás Guagnini, revolves around Paulo Freire's watershed text/manifesto Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970). Freire was a philosopher of education in Brazil where, literacy was a requirement for voting in presidential elections, hence guaranteeing an exclusive and explicit link between education, class, and political representation. Throughout his career Freire fought against disenfranchisement through his advocacy of education. After his exile...
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Educational Justice: Proseminar

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023

This course will explore the kinds of experiences children should have in schools and how those experiences should be distributed. We'll proceed by examining key topics pertaining to educational justice, including competing principles of justice in the distribution of education (egalitarian principles, sufficientarian principles, prioritarian principles, etc.); competing reform agendas; the justifiability and relative priority of different educational aims (education for citizenship, education for...

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History and Human Capital

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023

Explores a range of subjects concerning human capital, historically, theoretically, and comparatively. Topics include human capital and economic growth, population and fertility, health and public interventions, education and training, economic inequality, gender and the family, slavery and race, and intergenerational mobility, all within the broad context of economic history. A research paper or significant proposal and a final exam are required. 

 

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Social Stratification: Seminar

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023

This course examines the dimensions and magnitude of inequality in industrial societies, with a heavy emphasis on the United States since the mid-20th century. The readings and class discussion are designed to expose students to a broad range of influential pieces in the social stratification literature. In particular, we will study inequality through: pay for work, race, neighborhoods, gender, family, mobility, education, social capital, and rising income inequality since 1980. 

 

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Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
In this course, we will explore the political and politicized lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer peoples living in the United States, focusing on the period from World War II to the present. Centering both an intersectional analysis and historical critique of “progress,” we will focus our attention on the interrelationship between protest (how LGBTQ people have organized themselves and expressed their demands in the face of systemic oppression), politics (how...
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Effective Leadership in Assessing and Addressing Health Inequities

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
This introductory course will use interdisciplinary, critical, and transnational/global perspectives to study the impacts of leadership in public health that specifically affect equal access to healthcare centering on gender, race, age, socioeconomic status, level of education, class, sexual identity, and “differently able” persons or persons with disabilities. The content will examine four main topics to be discussed in separate but interconnected sections centering on Effective...
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Transgender Law and Politics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

An intensive examination of the legal, social, and political issues raised by the status and treatment of transgender persons, primarily but not exclusively in the United States. Sex, gender, sexuality, identity, and equality are interrogated. Issues and cases on discrimination and other relevant legal concepts arising in contexts of trans rights including health care, employment, sexual and other assault, housing, marriage, parenting, military, imprisonment, education, and athletics, with an optional section on immigration, are focused, with particular attention to sex and gender...

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