Introduction to EDF 3604 Schools & Society

Note:  I take attendance the first day and may drop those who miss class.  For students in online sections, login to the course by the end of the first day of the semester and Introduce yourself.  If you are dropped and still wish to be in the class but have trouble re-adding it, let me know.

This course examines the social, economic and political context within which schools function and the values that guide American education.  It is an exit course so it requires a substantial amount of writing and reading.  You should plan to average between nine and twelve hours per week, including class time.  I teach both online and in-class versions of EDF 3604.  In both versions, the readings are the same, but the assignments and the way they are handled differ.  Beginning summer term 2013 I am using Canvas.  I use Canvas, a web-based program, to store readings, assignments, and to host discussion boards and other electronic course tools.  To log in to Canvas, enter in your browser’s address line, enter your NetId and password, and select Canvas.  I recommend that you read a copy of the Syllabus (the ones linked below are from previous semesters, so the current one may be different, but it will give you an idea of what we do in the course). 

Useful Links:


Syllabus for online course

Syllabus for in-class course

Syllabus for summer session 

The syllabi linked here are from a previous semester, but they’ll give you a good idea of what the course will be like.  I will update the syllabi before the beginning of the upcoming semester.


If the above link doesn’t work, type in your web browser and click enter.  If you have difficulties with Canvas, please email Academic Computing at or call 974-1222 in the Tampa area or 1-866-974-1222 statewide.

Undergraduate Catalogue

The Catalogue covers the requirements for the degree you are seeking and explains what exit courses are (see page 60).  I have linked to the 2008-2009 Catalogue.  You’ll want to use the Catalogue for the year you began your studies at USFSP.  If you have any questions about degree requirements and whether this course will fulfill your requirements, please contact your advisor.  Here’s the USFSP Undergraduate Advising web page.  You can reach the advising office at 727-873-4511.


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