Critical Perspectives on Education and Inequality in America

Community-based Section from Inside the Justice System

hands gripping prison bars, juvenile justice

Are you interested in a career in education? Do you want to examine how we can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline? This course explores critical perspectives on education and justice, while learning inside a prison alongside students who are incarcerated. Topics include theoretical frameworks for understanding the work of teachers, the purpose of public education in a democratic society, the school-to-prison and the prison-to-school pipelines, and the intersection of race, class, gender, and discipline in schools. This is the first course in the teacher credential program and can also count as elective credit in other programs. All classes meet inside the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco. Carpooling will be available.

This course is an introduction to the field of education; its history, major philosophies, socio-cultural context, diversity, pedagogy, educational psychology, legal issues, and educational reform. Integrates traditional educational thinking with culturally relevant perspectives based on current research on practice.

Special Section of Foundations of Learning 

MALT 601

EDUC 501

EDUG 401

Sections of this course will be cross-listed in REST & SOAN in the College of Arts and Sciences and can count toward elective credits in the DLHE. 

This section may be used as elective credit with advisor/department approval

Fall 2021 meeting days 

This class meets

  • Off-campus at the California Rehabilitation Center (Norco Prison), Mondays from 5:30-8:30 pm

Note: All interested students must contact Dr. Charest and submit an application and TB Test by July 19, 2021.
Students must complete a background check & complete the mandatory training on Friday, July 19 from 2PM—3PM. Fieldwork and community service hours available.

Submit an application

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Brian Charest