Curriculum

Students on the program will take the following three courses, tentative syllabi for each course available by clicking on course name:

SOC 156aj: Social Change in American Communities
SOC 104aj: Sociology of Education
SOC 97bj: Group Readings and Research

Students will earn 12 credits and the program may count towards one of the semesters that students need in order to graduate.

How the courses count:

  • SOC 104aj and SOC 156aj may count in the Institutions, Communities, and Culture sub-area for the Sociology major (within published restrictions, please see the University Bulletin for complete details)
  • SOC 104aj meets the elective requirement for Social Justice and Social Policy as a Policy Approaches to Social Problems course
  • SOC 104aj counts as a Schooling, Policy, and Society elective for Education Studies
  • SOC 156aj is cross-listed in American Studies
  • The Social Science distribution requirement will be met

Tentative Schedule

JBS is an intensive and immersive experience and students should expect to be engaged in learning four to five days a week for most of the day.

Weeks 1-2 (Massachusetts):

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Situating personal assessments of school experiences within broader models of social change (SOC 156aj)

12:30p.m.-1:30 p.m. Brown bag film and speaker series (SOC 156aj)

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sociology of Education seminars, focused on how core analytic dimensions associated with educational access and desegregation policy were reflected within the history of Metro Boston schools. Wednesday and Thursday sessions will be devoted in large part to trainings associated with archival and interview research methodology (SOC 104aj)

Weeks 3-5 (Massachusetts):

Monday-Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Debrief & reflection session with program faculty/staff (SOC 97bj)

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Supervised and independent fieldwork in county sites (SOC 97bj)

Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Debriefing meetings (SOC 97bj)

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Data compilation and organization workshops: social change frameworks (SOC 156aj)

Note: Week 5 Thursday sessions canceled to allow for group travel and transition to Mississippi. That

Wednesday will follow a Thursday schedule, to allow for a final debrief in Massachusetts.

Week 6 (Mississippi):

Wednesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Situating personal assessments of school experiences within the context of the Civil Rights Movement (SOC 156aj)

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Brown bag film and speaker series (SOC 156aj)

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sociology of Education seminars, focused on how core analytic dimensions associated with educational access and desegregation policy were reflected within the history of Mississippi schools (SOC 104aj).

Weeks 7-9 (Mississippi):

Monday-Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Debrief & reflection session with program faculty/staff (SOC 97bj)

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Supervised and independent fieldwork in county sites (SOC 97bj)

Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Debriefing meetings (SOC 97bj)

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Data compilation and organization workshops: educational frameworks (SOC 104aj)

Week 10 (Mississippi):

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Data compilation and organization workshops (SOC 97bj)

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Preparation and presentation of data and results (SOC 104aj)

Note that this schedule and all information is subject to change.