Calvin College

CALVIN - Minds in the Making

Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity

Case Study

Social Structures and Education as a Social Enterprise


IDIS 205 is sociology of education course designed to use sociological theory as a foundation to examine the interaction between education and the other systems and institutions (e.g. political, economic, and cultural) that shape society. Particular attention is given to the impacts of race, class, and gender on society and schooling and enabling students to see those at work in the world around them. To that end, at the heart of the course is a community based research project that provides an opportunity to examine these issues in real-life contexts, while also serving as an introduction to social science research methods. A Christian lens shapes our critical analysis of society and society’s interaction with education. 


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