Penn Arts and Sciences

2014-15 Penn SSPF Course Development Grant Winners

Kathleen D. Hall, Associate Professor, Education, Culture and Society Program, Graduate School of Education, will develop “Education Reform in the Era of Neoliberalism.” The course will consider the relationship between neoliberalism and education reform over the past thirty years. Students will investigate historically the rise of neoliberal forms of capitalism and consider anthropological and sociological theories about neoliberalism, its forms, mechanisms, and influences. Case material will be examined, including ethnographic accounts, documentary films, policy reports and documents, governmental debates, and legislation from around the world (the U.S., U.K., India, China, and nations of Africa, for example), to analyze how neoliberal ideologies circulate globally and have informed locally the development of varying models of and for educational reform.

Antonio Garcia, Assistant Professor and Johanna Greeson, Assistant Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2), will collaborate on an “Integrative Seminar in Child Welfare.”  This course coincides with the launch by SP2 of the Child Well-Being & Child Welfare (CW2) Specialization. The development of CW2 comes at a time when there is great demand and need to train, recruit, and retain highly skilled master’s-level trained child welfare practitioners and leaders to deliver evidence-based, trauma informed services in a culturally competent manner. The main objective is to ensure social work students are honed to produce positive developmental outcomes for children and families while also ensuring child safety, permanency and well-being To achieve these objectives, students will be required to complete a group project linking macro to micro practice.

Sandra González-Bailón, Assistant Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Victor M. Preciado, Raj and Neera Singh Term Assistant Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE), School of Engineering and Applied Science, will collaborate on “The Theory of Networks: How Digital Technologies Shape Collective Behavior and Why it Matters.”  This course will provide an introduction to the theory of networks, covering both the social and technical aspects of network research and its applications. The course aims to attract undergraduates from engineering and the social sciences, and create a space where these students can learn and collaborate across a disciplinary divide that is not always bridged.

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