Judith Herb College of Education



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Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership
The University of Toledo
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The University of Toledo
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Toledo, OH 43606-3390

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Ruth Ann Easterwood
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Dr. Edward Janak
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Educational Theory & Social Foundations Program

Course Descriptions

Below you will find the Educational Theory and Social Foundations of Education course descriptions for both the MA and PhD degrees. Courses are offered different semesters and different academic years. Check the posted course offerings for each semester on the university website: http://www.utoledo.edu/offices/registrar/sch_classes.html.  If you have any questions about these courses, please contact us at 419-530-2461. 


Seminar in Educational Theory/Social Foundations (TSOC: 6190/8190)

The collaborative study of a specific topic in educational theory and social foundations by a group of advanced students under the direction of one or more professors. 

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Sociological Foundations of Education (TSOC: 5200/7200)

Critical examination of the socio-cultural foundations of schooling in the United States, including purposes of schooling in a multicultural society and the resulting nature of teacher work.

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History of Schooling and Teaching in the US (TSOC: 5400/7400)

Evolving role of schooling and teaching in the US, using history to reflect on the relationship of schooling to other social institutions, groups of people and the process of social change. 

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Philosophy and Education (TSOC: 5300/7300)

Exploring the nature of philosophic inquiry in education and examining competing traditions in the West, particularly in the United States. A distinction between education and schooling will be drawn.

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Anthropology and Education (TSOC: 5500/7500)

Examination of cross-cultural, comparative and other studies directed toward understanding processes of cultural transmission and transformation, and implications of anthropological research for contemporary issues in education.

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Methods of Conceptual Analysis and Textual Interpretation (RESM and TSOC: 8390)

The purpose of this research methods course is to explore prominent methods of and approaches to Conceptual Analysis and Textual Interpreation. These methods and approaches constitute the research tools in the field of educational theory and social foundations, among other fields of inquiry. The central goal of the course is to equip doctoral students in the field of educational theory and social foundations, among other students whose fields engage in theoretical research, the understanding and skill necessary to engage in theoretical research.

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 Methods of Normative Theory Construction (RESM and TSOC: 8380)

The purpose of this course is to explore methods of and approaches to normative theory construction. The central goal of the course is to equip doctoral students in the field of educational theory and social foundations, among other students whose fields engage in normative theory, the understanding and skill necessary to engage in normative theory construction. Normative theory refers to systematic moral, political, social, and educational conceptions that rationally account for adjust what ought to be (rather than empirical theory that accounts for what is). In the discipline of normative theorizing a number of methods of and approaches to theory construction have been developed as a means to the development and analysis of normative theory. There are two main approaches to theory construction in this field: deontological and teleological approaches. 

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International Education (TSOC: 6120/8120)

Complex interrelationships between global issues and education systems will be examined. Emphasis will be on how education can be used to build a more global society. Some sections of the course will include an international field trip.

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Intergroup and Intercultural Education (TSOC: 5230/7230)

In-depth history of America's racial and ethnic minorities and the role of schooling in assisting their adaptation to and assimilation into American society. 

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Multicultural and Non-Sexist Education (TSOC: 5210/7210)

Examines how race, class, gender, ethnicity and disability intersect with power, culture, knowledge and ideology in American schools to influence the lives of students and teachers in a multicultural society. 

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Modern Educational Controversies (TSOC: 5110/7110)

Examines controversial contemporary educational issues, the forces that perpetuate them and the socio-cultural contexts in which they exist. Teachers' work and ethical tenets shaping practice are also examined. 

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Modern Educational Theorists (TSOC: 6310/8310)

An examination of selected educational philosophers who have addressed themselves to the problem of the ends and means of education from Classical Hellenic Times to the present. 

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Education and the Democratic Ethic (TSOC: 6320/8320)

Examination of the interdependence among education, democracy and ethics in the context of civic life. Applications made to the practice of schooling as cultural production in a democratic society. 

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Human Rights Education (TSOC: 6340/8340)

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the nature of human rights and human rights education. The origin, definition, content, scope, foundation, and correlative duties of human rights, as well as, the theory of human rights education will be explored. 

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Theories of Justice and Educational Policy (TSOC: 6360/8360)

The purpose of this class is to explore prominent theories of distributive justice in a liberal democratic republic and to analyze key educational policy issues from the perspective of those theories.

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Environmental Ethics and Education (TSOC: 6350/8350)

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the nature of environmental ethics and its implications for educational theory, in particular moral and civic education.

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  Foundations of Peace Pedagogy (TSOC: 5600/7600)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts, theories, and approaches to peace education.  The course explores the theories of peace education, including pedagogical approaches to peace-learning.  The course also introduces the substantive areas of peace education. 

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The Ethics of War and Peace Education (TSOC: 6330/8330)

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the ethics of war and peace and its implications for the moral and civic education of democratic citizens. 

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Last Updated: 6/9/16