University of Minnesota Duluth 


Syllabus for Educ 1101: Education in Modern Society. Three credits: Spring semester, 2018


Section two meets: Tuesday, 4-650 p.m., Montague 80

Final Examination: 



Instructor: Frank Guldbrandsen, Ph. D, D.Sc.

Office: 121 EduE Endazhi-gikinoo 'amaading

Professor Guldbrandsen's Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-3:45, Thursdays 12-1


Telephone: 218-726-8172

Course description:
This course is an introduction to the Social and Philosophical Foundations of American Education.

Course overview:
Education in Modern Society is a Humanities offering of the Liberal Education Program at U.M.D.  "Liberally educated students are 'Prepared, Informed, Committed." Humanities is made up of a variety of courses focusing on, among other things,historical and philosophical foundations. This course will introduce students to the history of education from the pre-Socratics to the post-modern world. Students will have a grounding in what it means to be an educated person.  Coursework will include the philosophical roots of education; philosophies of education; a brief history of American education; Sociology and Psychology of education.

Required text: Foundations of American Education, Guldbrandsen, 2013 McGraw/Hill.





Course outcomes:
The Education Department of the University of Minnesota Duluth provides prospective teachers with a nationall accredited program that is guided by learning standards. The following Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards and departmental themes are included in this course.


Course outcome

INTASC Principle and Standard of Effective Practice

UMD Education Department conceptual framework theme
Assessment of outcomes and standards
Demonstrate an understanding of schools as organizations within the larger community 3.14 Understand how to recognize and deal with dehumanizing biases, discrimination, prejudices and institutional and personal racism and sexism This outcome and series of standards will assist you to come to a better understanding of diversity.

Class quizzes

Comprehensive final examination



Understand how students' learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents and prior learning as well as language, culture, family and community values

Identify, describe, and explain the organization, operations, and rationale of a variety of education systems.
3. Diversity in learning
This outcome will assist you in making decisions, and therefore help you become more empowered


Comprehensive final exam

Explain the historical and philosophical foundations of education.
9. Reflection and responsibility
This objective will require reflection and collaboration in studying diverse perspectives.


Comprehensive final exam

Demonstrate an understanding of schools as organizations within the larger community.
10. Relationships and partners
This objective will require reflection and collaboration in studying diverse perspectives.


Understand cultural and community diversity and know how to lean about and incorporate students' experiences, cultures, and community resources into instruction



Understand how factors in student's environment outside of school may influence student life and learning



Understand that all children can and should learn at high levels and persist in helping all students achieve success



This course will help your develop and strengthen the following professional dispositions.
1. Attendance and punctuality    2. Self initiative and independence    3. Reliability and dependability    4. Oral expression    5. Written expression    6. Critical thinking skills    7. Tactful judgment    8. Collegiality    9. Reflective response to feedback     10. Interaction with students, peers, teachers, others    11. Desire to improve own teaching performance    12. Commitment to the education profession    13. Positive attitude toward others     14. Professional ethics and demeanor.

Student Conduct Code:

Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity.  Disruptive classroom behavior is prohibited.  Refer to the student conduct code at: Conduct Code.pdf

Teaching and Learning:

UMD is committed to providing a positive, safe, and inclusive place for all who study and work here.  Instructors and students have mutual responsibility to insure this happens.  The full policy can be found at:

Academic Integrity:

Academic dishonisty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.  UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy cand be found at:

Instructional strategies:
You will be working alone, and in cooperative groups.. Alone, you will read in preparation for class. As a group, we will look into the required readings in order to understand these from a scholarly perspective. We will also work together in order to examine, discuss, and interpret our materials and their implications for education in modern society.

Your diversity will be respected here. Your respect for diversity is necessary and expected. This course will involve a variety of perspectives in order to better understand education in modern society

Participation expectations:
Participation is expected in all appropriate activities--except in the case of an emergency.

Excused absense policy:





2. Discussions



3. Final Examination                           1                  300                   300


Total possible points:  1000

Grading: by points


B- 815-800
C- 714-700


It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.

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