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

Project's Relevance to the Course

Through course materials, and particularly the research assignment, it is my desire for each student to become equipped - to identify various theoretical constructs and research methods that illuminate social structures and cultural practices; to describe the basic functions and influences of America’s major social, economic, and political institutions, including culture and socio-economic status; to summarize and analyze the causes and consequences of social injustices, along with the processes and consequences of social change and the role of education (and ourselves) as agents of change; to design a research project using qualitative and/or quantitative methods to reveal and examine these issues in a local context; and to articulate how a Christian perspective might inform a social science understanding of society and the role we might have in transforming education into a social enterprise that works for the betterment of communities and society as a whole.


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