Fall 2019 - EDUC 382 E100

Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)

Class Number: 5803

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    EDB 7600, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



An examination of the impact of social diversity on schooling in Canada exploring contemporary issues and perspectives on diversity education as they relate to cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, economic, and gender differences.


The intersection between the diversity of student populations and the ever-evolving nature of society and its impact on education requires an alignment between diversity education and social justice. Consequently, this course will approach diversity in education from the perspective of critical social justice. This means understanding the asymmetrical power relations and other inequalities imbedded in pluralistic societies. We will explore, disrupt, and confront misconceptions about race, gender, social class, sexism, ableism and other issues to challenge prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. Students will be required to think critically, engage in reflective thinking and writing, and explore their own positionality in order to acknowledge, respect, and appreciate diversity.

In this course students will be required to carry out an action project. This means that the individual project involves not just writing about, but putting in practice a practical social justice task that the student chooses.


  • Attendance and class participation 20%
  • Three pop quizzes (6% each) 18%
  • Group work and presentations 20%
  • Individual action project 18%
  • Final in-class test 24%


  • Attendance is mandatory, roll will be taken in every class session.
  • Engagement in class discussions is expected; in-class activities are dependent on your active participation.
  • There will be no final exam, however, there will be a final test (in-class) during the last regularly scheduled class time.
  • You should attend the first lecture even if you are on a waiting list only. Detail information will be given during the first lecture.



Sensoy, O., & DiAngelo, R. (2017). Is everyone really equal?: An introduction to key concepts in social justice education, Second Edition. Teachers College Press.
ISBN: 9780807758618

Extra articles and/or reading materials will be provided electronically.

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