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Do schools reduce or reinforce inequalities based on social, cultural, economic, and gender differences? What makes schools effective? Is education a public good or a private commodity? And what is the role of teachers, given that most research shows that schools only play a small role in explaining differences in how children do in school? By the end of this course, you should be able to discuss these four key questions. To do so, the course uses equity and social justice as key themes, and current research in educational sociology as evidence. You should complete the course with a critical understanding of how education, teachers and teaching interact with society.



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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