Summer 2019 - EDUC 474 D100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Social Studies (4)

Class Number: 5929

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SUR 3270, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Focuses on teaching elementary 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 children within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods.


This course will emphasize teaching knowledge, skills and competencies to build active, informed citizens, as aligned with BC’s new social studies curriculum. This course will critically examine the new curricular competencies and explore ways in which inquiry can be used to enhance teaching and learning in social studies education.

A variety of teaching approaches will be incorporated into this course, including short lectures, large and small group discussions, reading reflections, multi-media, as well as in-class assignments and activities. Students are expected to work collaboratively with peers, to think critically about issues, to complete their readings, to participate in discussions, and to integrate the new curricular objectives into their lesson planning. Students are expected to produce curriculum that is thoughtful, critical, inter-disciplinary and culturally relevant.


  • Establish and justify a personal approach to teaching social studies
  • Understand the goals, competencies and big ideas of the new social studies curriculum
  • Familiarize selves with social studies inquiry processes
  • Develop thoughtful assessment strategies that will enhance student learning
  • Develop unit and lesson plans that combine curricular competencies and content in creative, thoughtful and engaging ways
  • Learn to use historical thinking concept to enhance student learning


  • Class participation (ALL in class activities) 10%
  • Small group facilitation activity 20%
  • Written responses (including reading reflections) 20%
  • Curriculum development assignment 50%


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


Students are expected to come prepared, on-time and ready to fully participate in each class. Students are expected to limit their technology use to when it is practical to do so, and monitor their own extraneous use of technology. Attendance is important as a significant amount of material will be covered each week. Some lessons will involve in-class assignments and activities to facilitate the learning of various teaching methods and strategies. Furthermore, you will have class time to work on your group project, so in fairness to your group members, it is pertinent that you attend regularly. Failure to attend without a doctors’ note or previous arrangements made ahead of time with the instructor will result in a 2-mark deduction from your participation mark.

It is also expected that students will act and communicate in a respectful manner both with their peers and their instructor at all times. Students are expected to be mindful of cultural differences, be inclusive of their peers, be respectful of gender identity expression, and use humour that is not demeaning to others. The classroom is a place in which the physical and emotional well-being of all students must be upheld, and as teachers, we will aim to model these behaviours in class.



Case, Roland and Clark, Penney (Eds.) (2008). The Anthology of Social Studies (Volume 2): Issues and Strategies for Elementary Teachers. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press.
ISBN: 9781895766806

BC Ministry of Education Social Studies Curriculum

Retrieved free from:

Other selected readings will be made available online through the SFU library.

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.