Fall 2019 - EDUC 100W D200

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 5793

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.



An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This is an introductory course designed to provide students with opportunities to engage in collaborative and self-reflective practices exploring a variety of issues in Education. Through readings, films, discussions, and writing assignments students will critically reflect on the nature and purpose of education and on emerging trends in educational practice. Through a lens of social justice, this course will examine such concepts as self/other and identity formation.


This course aims to assist students in developing an informed and critical perspective on the purpose of education and its relation to social justice. EDUC 100 is also a "W" course (writing intensive) and, as such, students will learn to identify, analyze, and utilize the typical ways of writing in the discipline.


  • Group Presentation and Discussion Facilitation 20%
  • Final Paper 35%
  • Reflective Journal 15%
  • Participation 15%
  • Critical Summary 15%



Sensoy, Ö., & DiAngelo, R. (2017). Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education. 2nd ed. Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
ISBN: 9780807758618

Additional readings and various media will be posted on Canvas throughout the semester.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html