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Courses in poverty, inequality, and education at Stanford in 2013-14

Inequality, Society, and Education
Professor S. Reardon
The course will focus on developing students’ understanding of theory and research on several key issues in the relationship between education and inequality: 1) what are the recent patterns and trends in both economic and educational inequality? 2) what kinds of inequality (from a normative/philosophical perspective) should we worry about? 3) how do we measure educational inequality? 4) how are economic and educational inequality linked? 5) what policies/practices might reduce educational inequality?

Education, Race, and Inequality in African American History, 1880-1990
Professor L. Gordon
The relationship among race, power, inequality, and education from the 1880s to the 1990s. How schools have constructed race, the politics of school desegregation, and ties between education and the late 20th-century urban crisis.

Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States
Professor C. Young
Causes and consequences. Effects of antipoverty policies, and debates over effective social policies. Focus is on how poverty and inequality are experienced by families, children, and communities. Topics include welfare reform and labor market policies, education, and community-based antipoverty strategies.

Recognizing Inequality
Professor L. Benditt
Over the last few years social and economic inequality has become a major topic in the media and public policy. Gaps and inequalities between groups exist across a range of arenas including education, wages and promotions, housing and cultural consumption. In this course we'll bring these big ideas down to the individual level--investigating and analyzing manifestations of inequality in our everyday lives, considering why these inequalities exist and developing strategies to alleviate them. This seminar will call upon students' imagination and analytical savvy to tackle pressing societal problems by considering the dynamics of their own lives. In the process, students will develop skills that can be applied in fields as diverse as public policy, health care, non-profit work and entrepreneurship.

Educational Issues in Contemporary China
Professor J. Adams
Reforms such as the decentralization of school finance, emergence of private schools, expansion of higher education, and reframing of educational policy to focus on issues of quality. Have these reforms exacerbated educational inequality.

Courses in poverty, inequality, and education at Stanford (not offered in 2013-14)

Educational Inequality: Legal and Social Science Perspectives
This class will examine the issue of inequality in primary and secondary education, particularly with respect to race and socioeconomic status, from the perspectives of both law and social science. The course will distinguish between inequality in terms of inputs versus outputs, presenting the empirical evidence about each and the relationship between the two. The course will explore the history of legal and policy responses to persistent inequality, and consider the challenge of contemporary educational inequality and survey the competing policy approaches, from desegregation to increased and redistributed funding to efforts to improve instructional quality, to centralized accountability and testing to market-based solutions.

Gender and Social Structure
The role of gender in structuring contemporary life. Social forces affecting gender at the psychological, interactional, and structural levels. Gender inequality in labor markets, education, the household, and other institutions. Theories and research literature.