Education in Society: Universities as Agents of Change, Ivory Towers, or Knowledge Factories

History 39Q

Spring 2014
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MW 12-2P


From their medieval origins to the present, universities have been among the most admired and most criticized institutions. What are their functions? What is the role of higher education and free speech on campus and in society? Who should universities serve? Do they increase social mobility or social stratification? To what uses should they put the knowledge they create? How should they interact with government agencies and corporations? Through discussions of readings, this seminar will explore the structures and functions of universities, their multiple and changing roles in society, and the reasons why they have often become the battlegrounds for new ideas about the purposes of education, the uses of knowledge, and the future directions of society.