The department offers both an advanced undergraduate course (648) and a graduate seminar (908) in this area. These courses examine education in its social context, including the relation between education and political and economic systems, the role of education in social and cultural reproduction and social mobility, the organization of school and schooling and the production of learning and other outcomes in schools. These courses are complemented by courses in complex organizations, social stratification, and quantitative methods, among other offerings. Related courses can be taken in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and Curriculum and Instruction. Faculty cover a wide range of interests in the field, ranging from the role of education in social stratification (race, class, gender and their intersections) to the relationship between education and health across the life course to how educational policies and practices can help reduce of exacerbate inequalities among students. In addition to courses in the subject area and departmental brown bags, students are encouraged to attend seminars in the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences.