Principles of developmental, social, and cognitive psychology as applied to education, with a focus on how children learn. Examination of the impact on learning of race, class, gender, and ethnicity, including a comparative analysis of cultural differences in American schools.
Examination of ways schools may or may not perpetuate and reproduce social inequities. Focus on recent efforts to imagine and create socially-just schools. Discussion of our ethical responsibilities as civically engaged citizens to work towards educational equality and provide support of schools that are inclusive, culturally responsive, and democratic.
Interdisciplinary examination of issues confronting American education, incorporating historical, political, economical, philosophical, and social perspectives. Exploration of ways cultural influences and differences have shaped public schools.
This course provides an overview of how non-profit cultural institutions are formed and operate, looking at the operational structures and governance challenges. It also examines the origins of major cultural institutions in the U.S. and the current tax-exempt status framework.
Focus upon those who bring food to our tables, particularly those who labor in the fields of North Carolina and the Southeast.
Explore methods of oral history, specifically focusing on interviewing U.S. military veterans who have served during times of conflict.
Documentary film course focusing on the production of advocacy videos for social change.
Children's self-expression and education through writing, photograph and documentary work.
An exploration of how children cope with illness, incorporating the tools of documentary photography and writing.
Focus on the border/frontera: a scar, a divide, a wall between friendly nations, a challenge for policy-makers, a line of demarcation for human rights abuses, a law enforcement nightmare, a pass-through for trade and NAFTA, a net for the poor. Know where you stand along this deadly line in the sand. Students will engage in a service-learning project related to immigrant laborers and will conduct this work in coordination with a local group such as Student Action with Farmworkers or El Centro Hispano.