Fall 2019

Belonging in School

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-200  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-200


Kristen V. Luschen (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 200 and SOCI 200) Large numbers of students continue to drop out or disengage from American schools each year. Critical educational researchers have argued that many school practices, policies, and cultures “push out” the most marginalized students, or at the very least, do not take sufficient steps to create a culture of belonging. This course examines political, social, and institutional belonging as well as the conditions of schooling that prompt students’ formal and less formal forms of school disengagement. Drawing on theory and research from the fields of education, sociology, and ethnic studies, we will explore how educators and their community partners support students’ access to and engagement in education. We will examine educational reform practices that strive to cultivate a culture of belonging and community in schools. In particular, we will examine programs and schools that forefront community engagement, student participation, critical multicultural education, creative interventions, and restorative justice.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Luschen.

If Overenrolled: preference to American Studies majors


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021