What Do Universities Do?

Are universities the engine of economic growth, the mechanism for reproducing the ruling class, or just a summer camp with classes attached? Although we might think we know all about universities because we attend one or work at one, chances are our perspectives are limited or biased. This seminar explores what goes on in universities and what the consequences are for students and society.

Course requirements: 1. All students are expected to do the assigned readings and participate in class discussion. 2. A research paper on some aspect of universities, choosing a topic and beginning work early in the term. Some possible topics are listed at the end of the syllabus. 3. One test covering the reading and class discussion. 4. Several short assignments.

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