Professor: Jeff Mirel
Mondays and Wednesdays,
School of Education, Room 4114
First meeting of the course: July 1
Few skills are more important for success in the academic world than strong writing abilities. Yet in my experience both as a student and as a teacher, courses devoted to the improvement of scholarly writing are rare. To address this situation, this summer I am offering EDUC 841 Advanced Studies in History and Sociology of Education. The course will be open to a small number of Ph.D. students. While the majority of students who have taken this course in the past have been from the Foundations, Administration, Research and Policy program (FARP), students from other programs at the School of Education (SOE) and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LS&A) are welcome. You do not have to be in history or sociology to enroll in this course. If you are uncertain about whether the class is right for you please call or email me to discuss your individual coursework and goals (see contact information below). The course will feature individual tutorials and “all-group” critiques of fellow students’ work. Students will discuss readings relevant to improving writing by such authors as George Orwell, Serene Koh (a former student in the class), and the historian Gary Wills. Students who have taken the class in the past have focused on composing AERA presentations, History of Education Society essays, GSCO research papers, and pre-candidacy papers for FARP students.