BISP Special Focus: Education, Society and the Student

BISP Special Focus Program Overview 

The BISP Special Focus in Education, Society and the Student is for visiting students who are interested in understanding how institutions in society and culture influence students and educational institutions. This may be of interest to students studying teacher education, special needs education, higher education, adult education, educational research, and other types of training and educational learning experiences.

Students pursuing this BISP Special Focus topic will learn about the connections between social, cultural, and behavioral factors and education institutions as well as key insights into how these factors impact students in different ways. Students will acquire a good foundation in understanding social inequalities and education disparities that exist throughout the world and how they affect various aspects of education.  

Learning Goals

By pursuing this BISP Special Focus topic, you will gain:

  • UC Berkeley academic credit in a focused set of courses tailored to your interests in education and society and their impact on the student. 
  • Faculty guidance on a culminating certificate project in which you will synthesize learnings and insight gained in your coursework and research at UC Berkeley.
  • Research and analytical skills through approaching issues in education from multiple perspectives.
  • Communication and presentation skills through your participation in the BISP Special Focus program and coursework.

Sample Courses 

  • Ideas of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Language Acquisition
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Comparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Education

For a more comprehensive list of pre-approved courses for the BISP Special Focus in Education, Society, and the Student see the longer list here.