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. Academic underachievement, a school-to-prison pipeline, and the opioid epidemic are just a few examples.
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.