Education and Social Development
The City College of New York
Instructor: Juliana de Castro Galvao e-mail: email@example.com Slack: You can also send me a private direct message (dm) through Slack
Office hours: Mondays 09:30am - 10:45am By appointment *Please sign up by Sunday * Spreadsheets to sign up will be sent every week through Slack
Class Meetings: Wednesdays 09:30am - 10:45am Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Education is commonly viewed as a necessary condition for social development. However, social development is also essential for promoting education, both in terms of quantity and quality. This course will compare educational and social development across countries, emphasizing how each impacts the other. It will examine why education is considered a necessary though not sufficient condition for social development. It will also consider how social development can influence opportunities for formal education in many societies. The course will consider theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of social stratification studies, particularly in the fields of sociology of education and social development.
Each student should carefully read the required readings of the week, being sure to summarize their main aspects and list concepts that are not clear.
The course has a medium reading load (approximately 50 pages per week).
Distance Learning Platforms
We will be mainly using three digital platforms:
- Assignments and Exams
- Online Meetings (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Wednesday 09:30-10:45am)
- Course Website
- Weekly Lecture Posts (Posted on Wednesday)
- Where students will post answers to weekly lecture post questions and ask questions related to the weekly readings (by Sunday)
- General Communication
- You should register for Slack using the invitation sent to your e-mail registered on Blackboard
- I recommend you download the Slack app on your phones if possible
- Individual Office Hours
- Students will receive a spreadsheet weekly with time-slots for office-hours which happen every Monday from 09:30 – 10:45
- If you wish to attend office hours you must sign up by Sunday
Summary of Weekly Schedule:
- Lecture Posts will be uploaded on Wednesdays on our course website
- You should answer the questions to the lecture posts by Sunday
- Mondays – office hours from 09:30am-10:45am (by appointment)
- Assignments will be due on Mondays – unless otherwise noted.
- On Wednesday: Your internet connection allowing, participate of our meeting on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (09:30am-10:45am) where we will discuss your questions, doubts, go over assignments and main concepts.
- These are not mandatory, but are highly encouraged.
- These will count as extra participation points (up to 10 extra points) – provided there is active engagement from the student (Read more below)
Assignments and Grading
Grading will be distributed as following (for a total of 100 points):
- Participation: 30 points
- How will participation be assessed?
- You must answer the questions asked in the weekly lecture post on our course website.
- Your answer should engage with the readings for that week and not only the lecture post. You should also ask questions related to the readings and the lecture posts. When possible, you should engage with your classmates’ comments and answers.
- How will participation be assessed?
- Your comment should be at least 100 words
- Your answer should be posted on the course website in the comments section of the lecture post by Sunday
- Please write your answer in a safe place and save it before posting, to guarantee you will not lose your work. In previous semesters we have had issues with the comments section on the website.
- We will have a total of 11 lecture posts. Comments in the lecture post are worth 3 points. This means you can skip one lecture post without any grade penalty. In case you do answer all 11, you will get 3 points as extra-credit.
- Extra-points for participation (up to 10 extra points) will be conferred to students that have an active participation during our Wednesday virtual meetings – through Blackboard Ultra Collaborate.
- What is active participation? Students that prepare questions and engage in debate.
- If you are just logged in during our Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session, but do not participate (be it by speaking or writing in the chat) during our meetings this will not be counted as you being in the session.
- Take-home assignments: 15 points
- There will be three take-home assignments throughout the semester (each will be worth 05 points)
- They must be sent through Blackboard on Monday– the exact due dates are marked in our course calendar.
- Quiz: 10 points
- Midterm: 20 points
- Final Exam: 25 points
Find below the equivalence between grade points and letter grades
Accessibility and Accommodations
Important: if you believe the design of the course or classroom poses any type of barrier or difficulty towards your learning experience, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can work out the necessary arrangements.
Organize your schedule to keep up with the readings. Some texts may require more time to read than the regular reading load of the course. Lecture posts are organized presuming that the students have read the required readings for that week beforehand.
Note that I cannot accept assignments past the due date without justification. A penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each day past the due date for any given assignment.
Be advised that plagiarism will be taken very seriously and will result in severe penalties. For more information on academic dishonesty click HERE
I strongly recommend you use some type of reference and citation management tool, such as Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote. I also recommend you use some type of cloud storage (Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox).
Week 1 – Introduction and Basic Concepts
February 01 – February 10
Sen, Amartya. 1981. “Chapter 2: Concepts of Poverty” In: Poverty and Famines: An Essay on Entitlement and Deprivation. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Week 2 – Poverty and Capabilities
February 11 – February 17
Sen, Amartya. 1999. “Development as Freedom.” Oxford University Press: New York (Introduction and Chapter 1)
Aber, J. Lawrence, Bennett, Neil G. Conley, Dalton C. Li, Jiali. 1997. The Effects of Poverty on Child Health and Development. Annual Review of Public Health. 18(1): 463-483
Week 3 – Development and Education – What is the relationship?
February 18 – February 24
Chabbott, Colette. Ramirez, Francisco O. 2006. “Chapter 7 – Development and Education.” In: Sociology of Education at the Threshold of the Twenty-first Century, edited by Maureen T. Hallinan. 163 – 188
World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise Published: October 2017. Washington, DC: World Bank
(Chapter 1: Schooling, learning, and the promise of education: Pages: 37 – 54)
Week 4 – Economic and Educational Mobility – A Global Perspective
February 25 – March 3
Narayan, Ambar, Roy Van der Weide, et al. 2018. “Fair Progress? Economic Mobility across Generations around the World.” Washington, DC: World Bank.
(Overview: pages 1 – 43)
First Assignment Due Monday (March 01)
Week 5 – Quiz
March 04 – March 10
Quiz Posted on March 3 (Wednesday)
Quiz due March 08 (Monday)
Week 6 – The Forms of Capital
March 11 – March 17
Bourdieu, Pierre. 1986. “The forms of capital. In J. Richardson (Ed.) Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education.” (New York, Greenwood), 241-258.
Coleman, James. 1988. “Social Capital and the Creation of Human Capital” American Journal of Sociology. 94: 95-120.
Second Assignment Due Monday (March 15)
Week 7 – Midterm
March 18 – March 24
Midterm posted on March 17 (Wednesday)
Midterm due March 24 (Wednesday)
Week 8 – Spring Recess
March 27 – April 04
Week 9 – The Coleman Report
April 05 – April 14
Downey, Douglas B. and Dennis J. Condron. 2016. “Fifty Years since the Coleman Report: Rethinking the Relationship between Schools and Inequality.” Sociology of Education 89(3):207–20.
Hanushek, Eric A. 2016. What Matters for Achievement: Updating Coleman on the Influence of Families and Schools. Education Next: 22 – 30.
Week 10 – Disadvantages at the Starting Gate – Inequalities Between and Within Families
April 15 – April 21
Heckman, James J. 2008. “Schools, Skills, and Synapses.” Economic Inquiry 46 (3): 289–324.
Marteleto, Leticia.J. & Dondero, Molly. 2016. “Racial Inequality in Education in Brazil: A Twins Fixed-Effects Approach” Demography 73(4): 1185–1205.
Week 11 – Race, Class and Education – Inequalities Between and Within Families
April 22 – April 28
Annette Lareau.. 2002. “Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families.” American Sociological Review 67:747-76.
Calarco, Jessica McCrory. 2014 “Coached for the Classroom: Parents’ Cultural Transmission and Children’s Reproduction of Educational Inequalities.” American Sociological Review 79(5): 1015–37.
Week 12 – Education and the (Re)production of Inequalities
April 29 – May 05
Raftery, Adrian E., and Michael Hout. 1993. “Maximally Maintained Inequality: Educational Stratiﬁcation in Ireland.” Sociology of Education, 66, 1: 41-62.
Lucas, Samuel. 2001. “Effectively Maintained Inequality: Education Transitions, Track Mobility, and Social Background Effects.” American Journal of Sociology 106:1642-90.
Third Assignment Due Monday (May 03)
Week 13 – Horizontal Stratification in Higher Education
May 06 – May 12
Gerber, Theodore, and Sin Yi Cheung. 2008. “Horizontal Stratification in Postsecondary Education: Forms, Explanations, and Implications.” Annual Review of Sociology 34:299–318.
Torche, Florencia. 2011. “Is a College Degree Still the Great Equalizer? Intergenerational Mobility across Levels of Schooling in the United States” American Journal of Sociology 117(3): 763-807.
Week 14 – Horizontal Stratification in Higher Education
May 13 – May 16
Banerjee, Abhijit and Esther Duflo. 2012. “Chapter 4 – Top of the Class” In: Poor Economics : A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. New York, UNITED STATES: Public Affairs.
Buchmann, Claudia. Hannum, Emily. 2001. “Education and stratification in developing countries a review of Theories and Research..” Annual Review of Sociology. 27: 77-102
Week 15 – Final Exam
May 17 – May 22
Final Exam (posted on Monday May 17)
Final Exam due May 22 (Saturday)