Special Topics Courses

Course on Discourse Analysis

Scholars have conceptualized various theories and methodologies for studying talk and text including discourse analysis. This course will focus on how these approaches have been used in social science research. In particular, we will examine how representations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration are constructed through discourse. Students will have the opportunity to collect language-in-interaction and other kinds of texts and apply discourse analytic techniques to analyze these data.

The goals of the course are:
1.    To examine theories, concepts, and methods used in the study of discourse analysis.
2.    To examine the relationship between language, representation, and action.
3.    To apply the techniques of discourse analysis to naturalistic interactions.

Course on Bilingualism and Biliteracy across Multiple Contexts

This course will examine approaches to the study of bilingualism and biliteracy across multiple contexts including home, school, church, and other community settings. We will focus on the contributions that qualitative methodologies, particularly ethnography, have made to current understandings of the language and literacy learning of bi/multicultural and bi/multilingual students. We will look at the ways that researchers conceptualize and operationalize notions of language, culture, and learning in empirical studies that focus on diverse groups of learners. In exploring research on bilingualism and biliteracy, we will interrogate the sociocultural, historical, and political factors that affect the language and literacy learning of culturally and linguistically diverse students. In addition, the course will consider how language and literacy learning is never neutral but always embedded in ideological contexts that are shaped by power and privilege.

Metropolitan Regions and their Schools

Suburban cities have become the most dynamic areas of metropolitan regions. They are quickly becoming more diverse than their central-city counterparts. Yet, educational frameworks regarding diversity and equity have little to say about American suburbs. This course takes an interdisciplinary (i.e., sociology, education, regional planning) approach to examine metropolitan regions by putting suburban cities into play in educational frameworks. We will explore the history of suburbs and their relationships to central cities, the contemporary demographic landscape of American suburbs, historical and contemporary patterns of segregation, as well as the interwove and dynamic institutional relationships of schools and municipalities.

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Home, School & Community Relations

• Learn promising methodologies of community engagement in K-12 educational settings.
• Develop and implement teaching and research projects in collaboration with students and families in Rose Park Elementary.
• Section has an Elementary Education Emphasis and 25 hours of fieldwork requirement.
• On-campus face-to-face classes will only be held five dates during the semester. All other class instruction will occur online through Canvas.

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