The Education Department is offering three new courses this year in Special Education (Disability and Society), Education Philosophy, and Education Policy in Latin America. See full length posting for course descriptions.

ED250 Special Education: Disability and Society (Offered in Block 4 and Block 6)

This introductory course provides a general introduction to disability, including the history of disability awareness and support, laws that protect individuals with disabilities, and how to support individuals with disabilities in the community and within education. This course is designed for education majors and non-majors, as well as people studying education as a discipline and a practice. (Randolph)

NEW! Block 7: ED250/PH249 Philosophy of Education

In this course, students will begin to understand the concerns, frameworks, and methodologies of philosophy of education as an applied area of scholarly inquiry. In doing so, the course will accomplish two main tasks. It will first examine education as a concept and set of concerns that are central to the discipline of philosophy. Second, the course will show how and why the practice of philosophy is a robust tool to critically evaluate the policies and methods of schooling practice. For philosophy students, it will offer new way of conceptualizing how several subfields of the discipline (i.e. epistemology, metaphysics, ontology, and ethics) interact with one another through the lens of cultural and social problems. For education students, rather than surveying and interpreting educational policies and methods, it will expose, excavate, and critically evaluate the assumptions that various policies and methods make about human nature, knowledge, and society. (Stoller)

NEW! Block 8: ED250 Education Policy in Latin American Countries

This course examines the most prevalent education reforms that have taken place in the continent. Based on country specific case studies, we will explore issues of: bilingual education in Guatemala, indigenous and intercultural education in Bolivia, student lead movements in Chile, critical pedagogy in Brazil, environmental justice education in Honduras, teacher colleges advocacy in Mexico and, the privatization of higher education in Argentina. Each case study will provide the opportunity to review the socio-political and historical context of the country and link it to today’s globalized world. (Figueroa)

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