Fall 2019 - EDUC 471 D100

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 5847

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Explorations of curriculum theory and processes of development with applications at different levels and in several subject areas.


When developing curriculum, we make choices and decisions about what knowledge should be taught and by extension, what gets excluded. When we plan what to teach we are influenced or guided by certain assumptions and beliefs that affect educational actors at different levels. This course aims at providing a broad perspective of curriculum by exploring different curriculum theories, and also by critically considering the factors that influence curriculum decisions that affect teaching and learning in a pluralistic society.


  • Overview the field of curriculum development and the competing aims of education;
  • Analyze curriculum in more detail through the lens of current social pressures;
  • Consider curriculum and pedagogy, and how educators must adapt content and teaching strategies to their specific classrooms;
  • Understand curriculum and reform: reflection on what needs to change and what should remain the same;
  • Lastly, envision the future of education to create a personal plan toward teaching.


  • Attendance and class participation 20%
  • Interview with an educator 30%
  • Curriculum development 20%
  • Commonplace book 30%


There is no final exam for this course. You should attend the first class even if you are on a waiting list only. Detail information will be given during the first lesson.


Class attendance and active engagement in discussions are mandatory; in-class activities and your own learning depend on your active participation. It should be noted that students who miss classes may find that their final grade is impacted.

A student who is unable to attend a class due to exceptional circumstances must notify the instructor before the class and also contact other students before the subsequent class to find out what was discussed and make up work missed.



All the 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