This is the first course in our social studies Ed.M. program. Its major purpose is to open doors to the field, to uncover it. We will be examining trends, changes, and persisting issues in both content and pedagogy. In so doing, we will be raising questions, considering options and probing their underlying assumptions as well as likely implications. This overview of the field is organized in three parts: (1) recent and current status of social studies education; (2) controls: curriculum knowledge, teachers and teaching; and (3) persistent issues and future prospects.