EPSF 7100 Critical Pedagogy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students learn ways to enhance and stimulate opportunities for democratic schooling. Topics address teaching for social action through community service, critical literacy, multiculturalism, and post colonialism.

EPSF 7110 Multicultural Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students explore educational reforms in relation to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, and diversity within a democratic framework. Emphasis is placed on examining the economic, political, and social frames that affect the quality of education within a multicultural, social reconstructionist perspective.

EPSF 7120 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students analyze the roles of schools in the social order from the perspectives of the humanities and the social sciences.

EPSF 7450 Curriculum Foundations for the Educational Leader
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course prepares students to engage in curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation with a critical focus on social, philosophical, and historical foundations as a basis for that work.

EPSF 8010 Cultural Studies in Education: Film
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Images of education presented in popular films are analyzed from a variety of perspectives for their representations of such phenomena as school work, knowing, knowledge, and education.

EPSF 8040 Cultural Studies in Education: Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students examine the sociocultural relationship between gender and education in U.S. society. Focuses on how schools teach about gender and the ways females and males respond to differing learning contexts.

EPSF 8260 Sociology of Inner-City Children
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students study problems facing culturally different children. Concepts, problem-solving procedures, and attitudes which aid constructive interaction between culturally different teachers and learners are explored.

EPSF 8270 Philosophy of Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students study major philosophical writings, their relation to the roles of students and teachers, and their relation to the aims of schooling. Students develop philosophy positions and research a philosopher of their choice. Findings are presented to the class for discussion and analysis.

EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students study the field of cultural anthropology as it relates to contemporary issues in education. The course focuses on education as a social institution.

EPSF 8310 Sociology of Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students study the myriad relationships between formal systems of education and the dominant characteristics of post-industrial society. Content is derived from current thought and writing in sociology and educational theory and practice.

EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students study political and educational policy processes in relation to such problems as globalization and the nation- state, local and community development, social identification and political participation, pressure groups and indoctrination, academic freedom, and school reforms.

EPSF 8330 Globalization and Education Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This graduate course offers an in-depth examination of the way globalization discourses have an impact on educational policy. Students will analyze debates over the knowledge economy and globalizing the curriculum. Case studies from selected nation-states will be used to enhance understandings of educational policy borrowing and lending, privatization in education, international benchmarking and testing, citizenship and social exclusion, and policy modeling in non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

EPSF 8340 History of American Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Students examine American educational thought and practice emphasizing developments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Special attention is paid to recent works in the field which emphasize the social purpose and context of the U.S. public school.

EPSF 8350 Comparative Educational Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This graduate course offers a study of comparative educational systems around the globe. Students will examine the structural systems of educational provision in various countries. Topics also include theory in comparative education, educational reform policies, culture and equality in schooling, challenges to early childhood care, and international aid and human rights for education.

EPSF 8440 Curriculum Design and Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course prepares students to lead a school in curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation with a critical focus on social, philosophical, and historical foundations as the basis for that work.

EPSF 8630 Critical Policy Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course describes and clarifies the domains constitutive of critical policy studies as a field that: explores policy documents in order to change educational practices toward social justice; questions who benefits most from particular social arrangements; and reveals the degrees to which education policy is inherently political.

EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course
Description

Students investigate definitions of knowledge and theories of knowledge in the process of developing their own epistemology positions. Knowledge claims are evaluated in relation to multiple ways of learning, and students present their ideas to the class for consideration and critique.

EPSF 9850 Historical Research in Twentieth Century American Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EPSF 8340 or consent of the instructor
Requirements A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course
Description

Students study selected problems and issues in American education in the twentieth century. Primary and secondary source materials are used, and students present their findings to the class for discussion and critique.

EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course
Description

Students explore cogent reasoning, logic, and conceptual analysis. Students apply each area to research questions of their interest and present their work to the class for examination and debate.