Education, Inquiry, and Justice

The interdisciplinary minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice recognizes the many ways in which the examination of education is alive and well at Georgetown, in scholarship, and in student service in the community. Students are offered a rigorous program through which the complexities of urban education can be explored deeply with faculty across the curriculum who put education at the center of their research and teaching. The minor is also a collaborative effort between faculty and departments in Georgetown College and the Center for Social Justice, through which much of the important work in DC classrooms is organized. This focus on education is nourished deeply by Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition, which from its very beginnings has looked to education as a critical means to promote justice. The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice offers a chance to engage students on education in collaborative and innovative ways.

The minor promotes the notion that education is not just a technical process of transmission or delivery, but a dynamic endeavor that plays an essential role in the development of the whole person—the intellectual, artistic, physical, affective moral, social, and political capacities that make us human. Grounded in this conception of education, the minor adopts an interdisciplinary approach to core questions about the nature of education and human well-being. What does it mean to know and what is worth knowing? What is the nature of the good society and what is the role of education in its development? How does one learn, and what affects the learning process? How does change take place in educational systems? What are the implications of democracy for schooling? Examination of these issues and more requires a variety of disciplinary approaches, so the minor builds on courses in philosophy, psychology, government, sociology, linguistics, and others.

The minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice consists of six courses. The lists of courses in the Framework and Praxis categories below are not exhaustive, and not every course is taught each semester. Current lists of courses will be maintained by the Minor Director and the College Dean’s Office.

For majors in the humanities, languages, and social science:

  • 1 Gateway Course
    • EDIJ-241 Essentials of Effective Practice
  • 1 Education Core Course
    • EDIJ-156 Philosophy of Education
    • GOVT-237 Education Politics and Policy-Making
    • SOCI-163 Sociology of Education
  • 1 Justice and Education Framework Course
    • ENGL-298 Sursum Corda
    • IDST-325 University as Design Problem
    • JUPS-123 Intro to Justice and Peace
    • LING-325 Foundations of Education
    • LING-412 Linguistics and Education
    • PSYC-252 Community Psychology
    • PSYC-361 Children and Technology
    • PSYC-365 Children, Families, Law
    • SOCI-162 Education Policy
    • SOCI-205 Social Justice Analysis
    • SOCI-221 DC: Neighborhoods, Policy, Inequality
    • SPAN-392 Sem: Teaching Spanish
    • TPST-285 Theater, Writing, Community
  • 1 Learning and Human Development Framework Course
    • LING-251 How Languages Are Learned
    • PSYC-130 Cognition PSYC-160 Childhood and Adolescence
    • PSYC-231 Psychology of Memory
    • PSYC-265 Early Childhood Education
  • 1 Praxis Course
    • BIOL-341/342 RISE: “Rise and Teach” I & II
    • EDIJ-242 Educating the Whole Child
    • EDIJ-253 Children with Disabilities
    • EDIJ-341 Democracy and Education I
    • EDIJ-342 Democracy and Education II
    • ENGL-296 Reading, Teaching, and Social Reflection
    • ENGL-297 Issues in Education
    • LING-154 Linguistics and Reading
    • LING-251 How Languages Are Learned (w/ CBL)
    • LING-259 How to Teach and Second Language
    • PSYC-252 Community Psychology
  • 1 Capstone Course
    • EDIJ-401 Education, Inquiry, and Justice Capstone

For majors in science:

  • 1 Gateway Course
    • EDIJ-241 Essentials of Effective Practice (fall only)
  • 1 Education Core Course
    • EDIJ-156 Philosophy of Education
    • GOVT-237 Education Politics and Policy-Making
    • SOCI-163 Sociology of Education
  • 1 Science Pedagogy Course
    • BIOL-230 Science Pedagogy
  • 2 RISE Praxis Courses
    • BIOL-341/342 RISE: “Rise and Teach” I & II
  • 1 Capstone Course
    • EDIJ-401 Education, Inquiry, and Justice Capstone
Applications

Students will apply as sophomores in their spring semester. Eligibility to apply will be based on overall academic performance, exploration of the field, and demonstrated commitment to education through relevant service and/or classroom experience. Students are encouraged to have taken at least one course within the minor requirements prior to application.

For more information on the minor, see http://college.georgetown.edu/Education-Inquiry-Justice/.