Civil Rights and Advocacy in Education

3 credits


Ed Ldrshp and Policy Analysis
College of Education

We often hear in the larger education discourse that education is a civil right yet our schools continue to be separate and unequal. In this interdisciplinary course, we will examine the historical development of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century as it pertains to people of color, women, Native Americans, LGBTQI+, dis/ability, religion, and immigrants. Specifically, we will explore the movement’s influence on two main fronts: (1) social justice movements domestically and worldwide, particularly as it relates to equal educational opportunity; and (2) how social justice movements across the globe helped shape approaches to social and educational change in the U.S. By looking at past civil rights efforts, we will be able to situate education (in)equality in the current sociopolitical context, which will then inform future possibilities around advocacy and practice as it pertains to education. Graded on A-F basis only.