Summer 2019 - EDUC 414 D100

Designs for Learning: Secondary Social Studies (4)

Class Number: 4148

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SUR 3280, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Focuses on teaching secondary school social studies and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of social studies education. Students examine their own thinking about social studies education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for young adults within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods.


This course is designed for teachers to expand their understanding of social studies education and its place as a subject in secondary schools. Students will explore and experience theories, strategies for teaching, and curriculum implementation of this vast and complex subject. The importance of creating a personal vision of social studies and curriculum development will be emphasized throughout the course. The course is divided into three distinct but overlapping sections:

  1. foundational aspects of social studies
  2. teaching strategies
  3. curriculum design & implementation
Specific assignments are given to assess student understanding in each of these sections.

A number of different instructional formats will be incorporated into this course including short lectures, discussions, group conferencing, reading review groups, role-plays, in-class assignments and activities. Co-operative and shared learning groups will be formed and are a major part of how the course is taught throughout the duration of the semester.


  • Understand the underlying objectives of social studies education in schools
  • Establish and justify a personal vision of social studies
  • Learn teaching strategies for classroom practice
  • Become familiar with the new British Columbia secondary social studies curriculum
  • Experience curricular planning including lessons and units for social studies
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with other professionals
  • Participate in an experiential learning situation


  • Participation: Class (10%) + Reading (5%) + Group Work (5%) 20%
  • Facilitation Activity 25%
  • Cumulative Written Responses 20%
  • Curriculum Assignment 35%


  • Specific details for each assignment will be discussed in class
  • ALL assignments must be completed to receive a final grade for this class


We always look forward to welcoming a new group of students into our class. We structure our classes in a way that tries to make everyone feel comfortable. This supports their ability to contribute and to be active learners. Christine and Kel truly enjoy social studies education and try to model their passion for this subject by coming to class prepared and eager to teach. In turn we expect our students to come prepared and eager to participate. Attendance is important as a significant amount of material is covered each week. In order to fully understand the material, many lessons involve active participation using various teaching methods and strategies. A significant amount of class time involves group work and projects, so in fairness to your group members it is pertinent that you attend. For each class missed without an appropriate reason, 2 marks will be deducted from your class participation mark. In cases where there is a valid reason to miss a class, marks will not be deducted but you will be required to do an additional assignment related to the readings and topic/s missed. The additional assignment will be discussed on an individual basis.



Case, R., & Clark, P. (2016). The Anthology of Social Studies: Pacific Educational Press (Vancouver). (Note: Be sure to obtain secondary level)
ISBN: 9780864913883

Other selected readings will be distributed by the instructor in class.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.