Fall 2020 - EDUC 100W D300

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 6633

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Charles Bingham
    1 778 782-6578



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.  Please reserve class time: 9:30-12:20 Wednesdays for online interaction.

The purpose of this course is to critically explore the intersection between Education, Schooling, and Learning. And to then consider the role of teaching therein.

Through selected readings, classroom learning experiences, inquiry and dialogue, students will explore key theoretical conceptualizations of educational practice to better understand the beliefs, frameworks and narratives that shape our assumptions about what happens in schools and universities.


The primary aim of the course is for students to enlarge their view of education in order to form a knowledgeable and critical perspective on the value and meaning of education in relationship to their own experiences and understandings.


  • Reading and lecture responses 30%
  • Class contributions 20%
  • Midterm paper 20%
  • Final interview and paper 30%


Each of the above elements will be described more thoroughly after the course commences.

There is no final examination for this course.



There is no required textbook for this course. The course reading materials will be posted online and developed throughout the semester in response to class members’ interests and experience. Students will be researching information through various sources and methods as part of their learning process.

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


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).