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EDST - Education Studies

EDST 180: Psychology of Learning

An introduction to brain structure and development in childhood and adolescence, memory systems and types of learning, and approaches to building knowledge, improving skills, and deepening understanding. Culminating topics include motivation, the nature and development of expertise, and instructional design.
Units: 6
Also listed as Psychology 180

EDST 191: Directed Study in Education Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EDST 195: Internship in Education Studies

Internship in a school or district office, museum or arts organization, other non-profit or community organization, social services agency, governmental body, policy or advocacy group, or other education-related setting with prior approval. (Does not count toward teacher certification.) The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter registration required.

EDST 200: To Be of Use: Exploring the Call to Teach

There is a strong human desire to make a meaningful difference in our communities and the larger world. For many that means hearing the call to teach, whether in a school or collegiate classroom or helping profession. In this seminar we explore the call to teach, to make a difference through educational praxis, to be of use, using literature, art, music, and dialogue. Student work includes in-class presentations and projects.
Units: 3

EDST 210: Topics in Education and Community Engagement

In this topics course, students combine practice in the community with academic coursework to examine a contemporary issue in education and society. typically, one-third of the course takes place in community settings. May be repeated when topics are different.

Topic

Units: 1 TO 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDST 270: Why Read Children's Books?

This seminar explores the complex ways children's literature affect readers of all ages. We will immerse ourselves in reading works from Where the Wild Things Are to Charlotte's Web as we examine what it means to be a reader of children's literature by looking at our own and children's responses to the experience and joy of reading. Discussion, reflective writing and collaborative community projects.
Units: 6

EDST 282: Border Crossings in Children's and Young Adult Literature

This seminar uses the concept of crossing borders--im/emigrating, transgressing boundaries, occupying margins--as a focus for critical exploration of children's and young adult literature. What should books for young people be and do? Ho doe these texts participate in systems of power and developing social identities? Critical readings draw on literary, ethnic, gender, and disability studies. Discussion, short papers, and final paper/project.
Units: 6
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 284
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDST 283: Beyond "Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?":Gender in Adolescent & Young Adult Literature

This seminar engages students in critically reading literature for and about adolescents that focuses on depictions and constructions of gender and sexuality. Readings may include novels/graphic novels, poetry, and memoir, as well as scholarship on young adult literature with approaches drawn from gender, literacy, literary, ethnic, and disability studies. Discussion, short papers, and final project.
Units: 6
Also listed as Gender Studies 283
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

EDST 309: Hollywood Goes to High School

Year after year, Hollywood turns out movies that are set in schools and present images of teachers and teens. Many of these films address typical coming-of-age issues, societal fear of teen crime and delinquency and, of course, the search for romance. A subset of these films provide powerful and culturally enduring images of teachers and teaching. High school movies also provide insight into the fantasies, anxieties, dreams, and assumptions prevalent in American culture. This course will examine the world and worldview found in Hollywood high school movies and the extent to which the stories they tell make us who we are.
Units: 6
Also listed as Film Studies 309
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

EDST 315: Philosophy of Children

Students will consider childhood and children through a philosophical lens. The first half of the course will focus on the philosophy of childhood; the second half will focus on how children philosophize the world, children's rights, and adult responsibilities. Readings will derive from philosophical texts, fiction and children's literature, and social media. Students may elect to also enroll in EDST 316 for a field experience practicum in elementary classrooms.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

EDST 316: Philosophy of Children Practicum

Field experiences in elementary classrooms encouraging children's wonder through philosophical discussion. This is an optional practicum for the course EDST 315 Philosophy of Children. Students will design philosophy lessons for young children and will conduct these lessons in small cooperative groups.
Units: 2
Prerequisite: EDST 315 (taken in the past or concurrently).

EDST 345: Distributed Cognition and the Extended Mind

The new science of the mind treats cognition as a distributed process involving the brain, body, and world. This seminar explores the role of material settings and tools, bodily engagement, social interaction, and cultural processes in human reasoning, problem solving, and learning. Students will write short papers examining aspects of cognitive activity in real-world settings.
Units: 6
Also listed as Anthropology 345, Psychology 345, Cognitive Science 345
Prerequisite: PHIL 105 recommended

EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education

A study of the experience of children and adolescents from different ethnic, cultural, and economic groups. Emphasis on understanding the social consequences of these differences and how such differences affect educational achievement and attainment. The sources and educational effects of individual, institutional, and systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination will also be examined. Practicum of 20 hours required.
Units: 6
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 352
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

EDST 380: Engaging in Action Research

This course engages students in social science research to collect and use data to solve real problems. Students interested in careers that emphasize working with others (teaching, counseling, nursing, social work) will find this course particularly relevant. Content will explore methods of examining instructional effectiveness. Lab will consist of classroom-based research experiences, data analysis, and collaborative inquiry.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: EDST 180 and Sophomore standing

EDST 387: Picture Books and Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults

This seminar examines narratives for young people that combine text and image. It introduces concepts from literary, aesthetic, design, and cultural criticism to examine how audiences interpret these works, focusing attention on questions of representation and subjectivity. Selected works encompass fiction and non-fiction and may include picture books, graphic novels/comics, hybrid books, and digital/hyperlinked narratives. Discussion, short papers and visual projects, and collaborative final project.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing.

EDST 390: Tutorial in Education Studies

Tutorial studies in the fields of educational policy, environmental education, history of education, comparative education and on various topics related to the social foundations of education.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

EDST 391: Directed Study in Education Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EDST 395: Internship in Education Studies

Internship in a school or district office, museum or arts organization, other non-profit or community organization, social services agency, governmental body, policy or advocacy group, or other education-related setting with prior approval. (Does not count toward teacher certification.) The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter registration required.

EDST 399: Independent Study in Education Studies

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

EDST 400: The Environment, Community, and Education

The course will examine the relationship between community-mindedness and the development of ecological literacy. Cultural assumptions about the natural world and our place in it that are implicit within the K-12 and college curriculum, and the manner in which modern forms of education shape our understanding of what it means to “live well in a place we know well” will be explored. Examples of how schools can contribute to environmental and social sustainability (and justice) via community- and place-based education will be presented.
Units: 6
Also listed as Environmental Studies 460
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

EDST 410: Impossible Choices? Ethical Dilemmas in Education

In this course we question conventional understandings of what the good is, what it should be, and what it can be in educational contexts. We discuss common ethical dilemmas central to schooling, including how these intersect with issues of race, class, and gender, and we consider challenges to traditional schooling structures.Papers include case studies and reflections.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: sophomore standing

EDST 412: Foundations of Literacy in a Diverse Society

Through community experience and lab work the student will examine reading instructional practices and the contemporary issues teachers of language and reading face in a diverse society, and will consider the purposes of learning to read and becoming literate in the world. Students will gain understanding of literacy theories and explore reading development and the acquisition of reading competency.
Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

EDST 440: Sociology of Education

An examination of the social foundations of education in the United States with particular attention paid to the cultural, political, and economic functions of education in modern society. Other topics include the reproductive function of schooling in a society divided along lines of race/ethnicity and class, schools as sites of cultural production, and the historical tension in the U.S. between “equality” and “excellence” in education. Practicum of 20 hours required.
Units: 6
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 340
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

EDST 450: Topics in Education Studies

This seminar explores issues in contemporary education. Topics vary by term and focus on controversies or innovations in educational systems, practices, and policy or in the relations between school and society. May be repeated when topic is different.

Topic for Spring 2021: The Philosophy of the Play
Maria Montessori wrote that “the work of the child is play.” But is play also the work of all humans, child or adult? In this seminar students will examine the concept of play by reading philosophers on play, observing children and adults at play, and considering the role of play in human flourishing. Students will engage in discussion, reflective writing, and collaborative projects.

Units: 6
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and one course in education studies or instructor approval

EDST 590: Tutorial in Education Studies

Tutorial studies in the fields of educational policy, environmental education, history of education, comparative education and on various topics related to the social foundations of education.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

EDST 591: Directed Study in Education Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EDST 595: Internship in Education Studies

Internship in a school or district office, museum or arts organization, other non-profit or community organization, social services agency, governmental body, policy or advocacy group, or other education-related setting with prior approval. (Does not count toward teacher certification.) The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter registration required.

EDST 599: Independent Study in Education Studies

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

EDST 690: Tutorial in Education Studies

Tutorial studies in the fields of educational policy, environmental education, history of education, comparative education and on various topics related to the social foundations of education.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

EDST 691: Directed Study in Education Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EDST 695: Internship in Education Studies

Internship in a school or district office, museum or arts organization, other non-profit or community organization, social services agency, governmental body, policy or advocacy group, or other education-related setting with prior approval. (Does not count toward teacher certification.) The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter registration required.

EDST 699: Independent Study in Education Studies

Units: 1 TO 98
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required