Social and Political Aspects in Higher Education – EDUC 663

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This survey course introduces candidates to the major social and political issues and trends facing contemporary higher education in the United States. Candidates examine, discuss, and debate various perspectives on critical issues at postsecondary campuses.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the past, present, and future developments and trends in society as they relate to higher education institutions. Special attention is focused on the college student experience and how institutions adapt to change.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to at least two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Brief Papers (2)

The candidate will write a 1,000 to 1,200-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on designated topics related to economics and finance in higher education. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: B, C, D)

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, multiple-answer, and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A, C)

Debate Case Paper

The candidate will identify a social or political topic directly affecting higher education and will develop a paper that presents opposing sides of the issue. The candidate will provide a one-page overview of the topic (Debate Topic Overview during Module 3: Week 3), and the fully developed paper in Module 6: Week 6. APA style is required for this assignment. (CLO: B, D, E)

Poster Presentation

The candidate will prepare a single PowerPoint slide of sufficient dimensions that it could be actually printed later for presentation at a professional conference or for display at the candidate’s institution. A slide template will be provided for candidate to use. (CLO: B, C, D, E)