SOC 1120

SOC 1120

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Do schools ameliorate or perpetuate social inequality in our society? What education interventions are poised to make the biggest impact for students and their achievement? This course will explore the history of K-12 education in the U.S. with an emphasis on reform efforts taken over the past four decades and during the coronavirus pandemic. We will draft and revise papers on topics such as: the achievement gap; vouchers, school choice, and charter school systems; standardized testing and school accountability; and alternative teacher licensure programs like Teach for America. This course will equip students with the skills to interpret social science research, write compelling academic papers, and craft informed responses to arguments in the news or popular media about schooling and society.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

View Enrollment Information

Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 20198 SOC 1120   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at