GCC 3018


What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide

Given the increasing and widening social class divide of the early 21st century, American families and their children are facing more challenges than ever before.

In this course, students will identify the barriers to opportunities created by the divide and seek solutions that can be pursued with families, schools, and communities, and public policy to redress these inequities. Because of the complexity of this grand challenge, an interdisciplinary approach to intervention and policy is required. From course instructors’ respective vantage points in prevention science, developmental and educational psychology, and family social science, and with the perspectives provided by faculty contributors from economics, law, and pediatrics, students will engage with diverse modes of inquiry, epistemologies, and critical lenses by which possible solutions can be generated and implemented.


Student Stories

Downsizing Classrooms: The Future of Early Childhood Education

Michael Dahl Hallway
[January 2019] Michael Dahl shares his experience in GCC 3018 "What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide," his research into how classroom size impacts students, and the steps people are already taking to improve the future of childhood education.

Providing Prenatal Care and Nursery Programs to Incarcerated Mothers

Claire Anderson Widescreen
[February 2019] Claire Anderson and Maeve Sheridan from GCC 3018 work to raise awareness of the benefits of implementing nursery programs in prisons.

Course Details

Meeting Time: Fall 2019, Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Location: East Bank

Liberal Education Theme: Diversity and Social Justice

Topics: Social class divide, inequity, public policy

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Must be a sophomore, junior, senior

Professors: Lindsey Weiler and Steve Yussen