The underrepresentation of certain groups in gifted programs persists. This course will examine the enrollment disparities that exist in gifted and advanced programs, critically review the assessment practices used to identify gifted students, and explore educational policy designed to reconcile equity and access issues in education.
The course considers the question, "How can we fix poverty?" It begins by exploring the nature of poverty through a variety of descriptive metaphors (for example, poverty as a "trap" or a "disease"). It then considers the word "we," and in doing so introduces several basic understandings of ethics (deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, etc.) Finally it considers the word "fix" and offers three models for responding to poverty: working for, working with, and being with.
In this course, we will come to understand the nature of giving—the means and mechanisms, problems and solutions, successes and failures—even as we study the history, theory and structure of civil society. We will pay special attention to how specific religious traditions and communities have understood personal-societal obligations through time. In our exploration of this material, we will draw examples from the Jewish traditions (highlighting a premodern model of social organization and mutuality, and exemplifying minority-majority dynamics over time) and American traditions (with a foc
This course examines the role of critical pedagogy in developing learning environments that engage and empower youth. Emphasis is placed on the context of Hip Hop as a foundation for instructional decision-making and social justice advocacy/activism. Students will explore the historical and socio-cultural aspects of education initiatives, teaching and learning strategies, federal and state mandates and educational policy issues that contribute to marginalization.
Explores global history of soccer with focus on Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Examines development and spread of the game, institutions such as FIFA, biographies of legendary players, and economics of the sport. Examines philosophical and ethical issues raised by soccer, and ways the sport condenses, channels, and at times transforms politics. Materials include works of history, anthropology, literature, journalism, memoirs, documentary films, and footage of classic games. Students will contribute to Soccer Politics blog and pages.
This course examines the reasons for and outcomes of Arab refugee movements since WWII. How can people cope in an environment where they are cut off from everything familiar? What is the difference between a refugee, and internally displaced person and a migrant, between assimilation and integration? Art, literature and film will be considered as key texts for examining the ongoing experiences of refugees.