Social Studies Graduate Course Offerings | Kent State University

Social Studies Graduate Course Offerings

Please contact Dr. Todd Hawley with any questions: thawley1@kent.edu.

Core courses

C&I 61125/71125: ISSUES AND TRENDS IN SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING & LEARNING

During this course we will explore the history of social studies education in the United States as well as issues and trends in social education that have impacted our lives as teachers. Topics may include but are not limited to Citizenship Education, Issues Centered Teaching, Technology in Social Studies Education, International Education, and Gender and Sexuality in Social Studies Education. We'll explore what these issues and trends mean for your classroom or your life as a teacher educator.

C&I 61126/71126: RESEARCH IN SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING & LEARNING

During this course you will explore and discuss relevant research into the teaching and learning of social studies. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to begin to examine an aspect or aspects of your own social studies teaching or your students' learning of social studies. This will be a great opportunity to read and discuss social studies research with other social studies educators across grade levels.

C&I 61124: Educating the Good Citizen

This course explores competing conceptions of citizenship education through an examination and critique of the diverse perspectives on the purposes and possibilities of citizenship education including the contributions and influence of multicultural, international and theoretical perspectives on the meaning of educating citizens in  a democracy - situating work, thinking, and practice in the literature. As part of the process of reading, discussing and deliberating together, students will articulate a rationale for citizenship education and develop ways to incorporate their vision for citizenship education into their work as teacher educators, practicing social studies teachers and/­or community members.
This course will be offered beginning in Spring 2018.

C&I 61127: Technology and Social Studies

This course provides experiences with and study of various uses of technology in social studies teaching and learning. During the course, we will examine implications and effects of technology on student learning, teaching and society as a whole.

 

Special topics

C&I 67095/77095 ST: Teaching with Discussion and Controversy

Teaching with discussion and controversy is a rewarding experience for students, teachers, and consequently the community at large. In this class, we will first delve into the scholarly literature to determine challenges to teaching with discussion and controversy as well as various pedagogical strategies that are effective for teaching with discussion and controversy. Then we will explore some controversial topics using literature, print media, and multimedia. You'll each create ways to incorporate the work into your current or future teaching setting.

C&I 67095/77095 ST: Race, Class and Gender in the Social Studies

During this course we will explore race, class and gender in a democratic society and what these mean for us as teachers and teacher educators. Conversations about the juncture of race, class, gender and citizenship will also occur. Topics will include but not be limited to culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy, queering social education, rural and urban poverty as they relate to educating democratic citizens for the common good. Members of this course will read, discuss, and develop curriculum related to issues of race, class and gender.

C&I 67095/77095 ST: Economics and Financial Literacy Education

This web-based course is designed to explore and develop connections between the Ohio Department of Education's desire to incorporate financial literacy into the social studies/economics curriculum and the larger goal of social studies - educating participatory, democratic citizens. Students in the course will develop a deeper understanding of the financial literacy standards as part of creating engaging and integrative economics unit and lesson plans. Students will develop a rationale for teaching economics and financial literacy focused on promoting engaged, active and participatory citizenship.