EDPS 360 (A2) Fall 2013

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Hidden Injuries

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

By Liz:

In Hidden Injuries of Class, Sennet and Cobb explore the issue of upward mobility within classes and the underlying discontent associated with such a shift in status.

Previous class readings have established that there are indeed systems in place used to categorize people within society. Whether its Webers’ determination of class-situation by market-situation or Bourdieu who believes that socioeconomic positioning is correlated to capital, there is an overlapping notion that economics plays a large role in class differentiation.

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What’s up, Mr. Maslow?

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

See here m.flickr.com/lightbox?id=4926795330 for the original source if the image below.


What is education?

In Commentary on September 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Is education a great equalizer? Is it an institution that aims to reproduce the privilege of some over others?

Critical Theory & Methodology

In Cooperative Blog Posts on September 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

By Juweira:

Listening to Saunders on ABC Radio and his interview with Phillip Bell really got me thinking, what are we being taught as University students? I completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science and History and now I have come to realize that some of my course readings consisted of old Greek Philosophers’ works that were difficult to understand at first, but once I put some effort into my readings I was able to get the gist of these ‘theories’ and gather a better understanding of them. However, I also recall reading the work of some authors who went on a path of circular reasoning and did not explain the concepts they presented in their work. Moreover, they definitely threw me off and I lost my passion for Political Science. Although I had to read Raymond Morrow’s work twice, Read the rest of this entry »

Class, Status and Society

In Cooperative Blog Posts, Uncategorized on September 22, 2013 at 11:36 am


Weber was focused on individuals and what some of individuals motivating actions were. He did not focus on creating new governing theories but influenced social theory. Often he was in comparison with Karl Marx and Emil Durkheim.

When you dictionary.com social class and socioeconomic status you receive the following


1. Social Class – a broad group in society who have the same social, economic or educational sates

2. Socioeconomic status-an individual’s positions within hierarchical social structure based on work experience and comparison to others

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C. Wright Mills: Personal Troubles and Public Issues

In Cooperative Blog Posts on September 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Does you private life sometimes feel like a series of traps? Do you feel like you’re always behind the eight ball? Or do you feel more optimistic about your life and the circumstances surrounding it?

C. Wright Mills on his trusty steed.

C. Wright Mills, apparently using his sociological imgation.

Questions like these come up naturally as one reads the opening lines of C. Wright Mills’ classic The Sociological Imagination. Writing in 1959, Mills’ reported on a zeitgeist of which few of us has personal experience. Despite this, his words have a ring of familiarity, especially lines like this…

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What is social theory (I): Scoping the Social as a “Brother from Another Planet”

In Activities on September 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

One of the aims of this course is to help you develop your capacity to link theoretical concepts and the “real world,” and to use these analyses to formulate practical action. The activity below is designed to introduce you to the concept of social theory and to push you toward a more theoretically informed way of looking at the world. It will also prepare you for the first day of class.

Have a look at Visualizing the Social, the opening chapter of Anthony Woodiwiss’s (2005) excellent book Scoping the Social (2005). Part way through, Woodiwiss writes that… Read the rest of this entry »

What is society?

In Activities on September 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

So, whether Margaret Thatcher or a pre-service teacher, it seems that everyone has some sense of the word “society.” What is it to you? Are you more Thatcher than Manning? Is there a meaningful difference between the two? Does society exist? Is it the cause of and/or the solution to all of our personal problems?

Sands: Edmonton students crowd into suburban schools; portable classrooms not ready

In Commentary on September 4, 2013 at 5:07 am

Edmonton students crowd into suburban schools; portable classrooms not ready.

Should parents have the right to choose their children’s school? Should children have a right to attend a school in their own neighborhood?

Staples: Top schools raise up kids from all backgrounds

In Commentary on September 4, 2013 at 5:04 am

Staples: Top schools raise up kids from all backgrounds.

Is money important to educational outcomes? What case does Staples make? Do you agree with him? Has he missed something important or missed the point altogether?

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