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Instructor Info:Kristen Luschen
Office Extension x5357
TA Info:Lily Johnson
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104

Large numbers of students, particularly Latino, African American, and Native American students, disengage from school every year. Often this is in the form of "dropping out." However, there also is clear evidence that school practices, policies and personnel work to push these students out of schools. This course will examine the conditions of schooling that work to support students' formal and informal disengagement with school. We will explore what schools and their community partners can do to reengage students in schooling. We will explore research and current models of schooling that address the cultivation of a sense of belonging and community in schools. In particular, we will examine programs and schools that forefront community engagement, dialogue, racial justice, and student participation.

Course Objectives:

Broad Learning Goals:

  • Identify political, institutional, and social policies and practices of exclusion that influence education experiences and outcomes.
  • Examine how policies and practices of exclusion have impacted personal experiences of schooling.
  • Explore relationship between political and social cultures of privilege and belonging
  • Identify practices and policies that promote inclusion and cultivate an experience of belonging in educational settings

Targeted Cumulative Skills:

  • Multiple Cultural Perspectives
  • Writing and Research
  • Independent Research


Evaluation Criteria:

In order to receive an evaluation for this course, you will need to:

  • Attend class regularly and promptly.  Three absences will jeopardize your receiving an evaluation for this course.  Tardiness will be commented upon within your evaluation. No evaluation will be given after four classes are missed.
  • Participate actively in class discussions, exercises, and group work. To participate actively you must read all materials prior to coming to class.
  • Complete all assignments on time. Late and missing assignments will be commented upon within your evaluation.
  • Submit a self-evaluation on the hub at the end of the semester.


Classroom Climate:

The dynamics of a class greatly impacts the work conducted and how meaning is to be made in the time we are together.  You are responsible to and for one another in the micro-community created by this course.  Respectful conduct and collaboration are essential.  This includes being accountable for all assignments, readings, group work, and any other class work in a timely manner.  If you have challenges or difficulties completing work, you will need to communicate this to the professors.

Additional Info:

Required Texts:

Klein, J.  (2012) The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools. New York: New York University Press.

Pillow, W. (2004) Unfit Subjects: Educational Policy and the Teen Mother, New York: Routledge Palgrave.



LAPTOPS ARE ALLOWED IN CLASS as this is an important medium for reading articles.  However, do not use the laptop for activities other than notetaking and referring to readings.  If I notice you are checking facebook, email, etc., I will ask you kindly to stop.  If I notice it a second time, you will be withdrawn from the class.


On Plagiarism from NSNS “Ethics of Scholarship”

Plagiarism covers everything from inadvertently passing off as one’s own the work of another because of ignorance, time constraints, or careless note taking, to hiring a ghostwriter to produce an examination or course paper. This range of possibilities includes False Citation, False Data, Intentional Poor Documentation, Papers Written by Others, unacknowledged multiple authors or collaboration, or unacknowledged multiple submission.  Disciplinary action will be taken if a student plagiarizes.  So don’t do it – learn how to cite your sources correctly. If you’re not sure if you need a citation, veer towards the safe route and cite. 


Disability Statement

Students with documented disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact Joel Dansky, M.S.W., disabilities services coordinator at or x6098.


Severe Weather and Class Cancelation: On severe weather days please call the Hampshire College hotline: 559-5508 or ext. 5508 to check the status of school closing. If the campus is closed please check your email.