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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Educational Studies (PhD) Cultural Studies


The program in educational studies with a concentration in cultural studies is concerned with the breadth and depth of what is fundamental to educational practice-its ideology, philosophical assumptions, and moral claims-and is grounded in the study of education and culture with a particular interest in the integration of social analysis, cultural analysis and praxis.

The program focuses on theoretical and policy issues related to educational practice. In particular the degree emphasizes the following concerns.

A concern for the disciplined study of the relationship between culture and education, encompassing philosophy, sociology, history, critical theory and pedagogy as it pertains to issues of power, equity, access, and privilege.

  • A concern for providing broad philosophical, moral, and spiritual perspectives on educational policies and practices.
  • A concern for the impact of current important intellectual movements in educational theory, including feminist theory, gender studies, queer studies, critical race theory and neoliberal critiques.
  • A concern for the disciplined study of the relationships among visual studies, media culture, and community engaged work.
  • A concern for the interdisciplinary work and serious study of emerging forms of inquiry.
  • A concern for integrating personal and professional selves and for providing synthesis, perspective, and direction.

Learning Outcomes

Write in a Scholarly Manner
PhD students will fully utilize the PhD program's core curriculum in order to write in a scholarly manner.

Mastery of a Specific Problem
PhD students will demonstrate mastery of a specific problem drawn from the field of education and cultural foundations, citing relevant education literature and theory, and using appropriate research methods.

Original Research
PhD students will do original research that addresses important questions or problems in education and cultural studies and that demonstrates an understanding of the field's relevant literature and theory; is well- written; reflects critical thinking, provides a sustained coherent argument; and provides analyses, results, and conclusions that are of interest to others in the professional community.

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