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Sociology of Education

This course is a comprehensive examination of educational institutions that will familiarize students with the main findings, theoretical perspectives and research methods employed in the sociological study of education. Topics include socioeconomic, gender, and racial inequalities in education; curriculum development and reform; measurement and testing; and schooling and the labour market. The course also examines alternative forms of schooling; the influence of peer cultures and school climate; and the institutional challenges associated with school violence. Upon completion of the course, students will understand changes in educational practices, the major debates in educational research and policy, and the nature of the evidence used to support competing positions. Finally, this course will encourage students to discuss theoretical issues in class and grading is based on essay exams. In each case, the student’s communication skills will be challenged and enhanced.

SOCIOL 2P06

Sociology of Education

Unit(s): 6.0 Level(s): II Term(s): Full Year Offered?: Yes

This course is a comprehensive examination of educational institutions that will familiarize students with the main findings, theoretical perspectives and research methods employed in the sociological study of education. Topics include socioeconomic, gender, and racial inequalities in education; curriculum development and reform; measurement and testing; and schooling and the labour market. The course also examines alternative forms of schooling; the influence of peer cultures and school climate; and the institutional challenges associated with school violence. Upon completion of the course, students will understand changes in educational practices, the major debates in educational research and policy, and the nature of the evidence used to support competing positions. Finally, this course will encourage students to discuss theoretical issues in class and grading is based on essay exams. In each case, the student’s communication skills will be challenged and enhanced.


Karen Robson

Associate Professor | Ontario Research Chair in Educational Achievement and At-Risk Youth

Prerequisite(s): SOCIOL 1A06 Priority will be given to students registered in a Sociology program.