Course Number: 
61500

This course has two major strands. One strand is simply an examination of national thinking about urban schooling over the past 40 years, from the Coleman Report to today's accountability-driven reforms. We will be particularly concerned with how educational policy has been shaped and with the problematics of translating policy into practice. The second strand is theoretical; we will be trying to understand these very contemporary problems through the lens of classical theory; that is, functionalism, Max Weber's theory of bureaucracy and Marx's theory of class conflict.