Fall 2020 - EDUC 100W D200

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 5078

Delivery Method: Remote


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An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This course will be delivered remotely and asynchronously.

This course is intended to provide students who have a general interest in educational studies an opportunity to critically examine a variety of educational issues. We will analyze a number of concepts and issues that are essential to understanding the nature of education. What is education? What are the aims and values of education? What should be taught on the curriculum? What is the role of education in reconciliation? Who should control education? These are some of the questions that will be considered in the course.

The course will be structured as a series of modules in which we explore various educational topics. Each module explores a separate issue, but all the module topics are connected in some way. Each week, there will be online discussions and readings that help us reflect upon and analyze different educational issues.

As this is a writing intensive course, students will be asked to write three response papers and a final essay. Students will be guided through direct instruction and feedback in the development of their learning and understanding of these genres of writing.


  • Participation in online activities 15%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Three response papers 45%
  • Final essay 25%



Gereluk, D., Martin, C., Maxwell, B., and Norris, T. (2016). Questioning the classroom: Perspectives on Canadian education. Oxford Press.

NOTE: This book is available through Vital Source. The etext ISBN is 9780199010042.
ISBN: 9780199010035

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).