Fall 2019 - EDUC 833 G031

Social and Moral Philosophy in Education (5)

Class Number: 8678

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Heesoon Bai
    Office: Education Bld, Room 8659, Burnaby



An in-depth study of the ethical foundations of education. Areas in education where ethical questions arise are identified and elucidated. Classical and modern moral positions are examined for their adequacy as theories of moral justification. The topics include the value of education, freedom and equality, and moral and values education.


Meeting Dates:
September 13 -14
September 27-28
October 18-19
November 1 - 2
November 15-16
November 29-30  

Meeting Times:
Fridays 5:00pm – 9:20pm and
Saturdays 8:30am – 4:30pm  

Meeting Location:
Vancouver Harbour Centre Campus, Room 3122


  1. Development of a learning community of practice, especially from contemplative theory perspectives and practice approaches.
  2. Inquiry into the nature of scholarship and critical thinking/engagement, especially from a contemplative orientation.
  3. Inquiry into the nature of the contemporary world characterized by multiplicity and complexity of worldviews/paradigms, modus vivendi, and the associated challenges.
  4. Inquiry into the aims, scope, and possibilities of moral agency.
  5. Examination of models, tools and resources, including contemplative ones, for transformation of the moral self.
  6. Application of contemplative ways of knowing, learning, and teaching in participants’ professional work and personal life.
  7. Inquiry into how contemplative inquiry can serve ethically as a response to individual and social/societal needs.


  • By-weekly reading reflection writing and an end-of-semester essay based on the weekly reflection writing pieces 70%
  • Seminar leadership and participation 15%
  • Portfolio 15%


Details will be discussed in class.



Reading and video materials will be supplied to students prior to the first day of class. Detailed course syllabus to follow.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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