EDU 691

The Prison Industrial Complex: Connections and Impacts on Education

3 Graduate credits
Effective December 16, 2018 – May 7, 2019

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This class will explore the phenomenon of the school to prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex, and their larger impact on education. We will explore what the school to prison pipeline is, the context in which it is/was created, the populations it disproportionately impacts, and identify strategies to contribute to its dismantling in our own work and imagine a future where it no longer exists. Using popular education pedagogy, this in an intensive course that will use written text, visual media, guest presenters, and guided discussions to interrogate the multiple issues that contribute to the larger school to prison pipeline nexus.

Special information

Note: This course is a graduate elective course.

Learning outcomes


  • Identify what the school to prison pipeline is and how it has impacted our education system.
  • Examine ways the school to prison pipeline is connected to zerotolerance policies and the larger prison industrial complex.
  • Explore issues of the populations disproportionally impacted by the school to prison pipeline.
  • Develop projects that contribute to the dismantling of the school to prison pipeline connected to students individual work.