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Alongside their academic purposes, US schools promote a social curriculum that plays a critical role in the ways students come to construct and understand their developing identities, as schools support, privilege, marginalize, or exclude particular students. From discussions of labels such as scholar, athlete, artist, and geek to the politics of homecoming queen and lunchroom seating and disproportionate rates of school discipline, this course uses sociocultural, developmental, linguistic, and psychological frameworks to explore the intersectionality of student identities in United States schools. Using scholarly writing about education, historical documents, film, literature, and art, students explore multiple aspects of identity development including race, class, gender, religion, language, and culture, as shaped by historical and contemporary educational contexts in the US. Students' reflections on their own educational experiences are central to class discussions and assignments.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences