Fall 2020 - EDUC 370 E100

International and Intercultural Education (4)

Class Number: 5109

Delivery Method: Remote


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  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of at least 60 units, including 3 units in Education.



Practical and theoretical approaches to international and intercultural education, including examinations of the relationships between culture, learning and schooling, and contemporary issues in teacher education from an international perspective.


This course will be delivered remotely and asynchronously.

International and intercultural education are terms that are increasingly used across our society - by educators, but also by policymakers and educational stakeholders. But these are not simple terms. Built into them are assumptions about schools and their role in the world; hopes about the ability of education to bridge divisions in our society; and the aspirations of both educators and students. This course will attempt to unpack some of these ideas, and will invite students to collectively explore the underlying notions that shape discussions of international and intercultural education.

Practically, this course will be conducted online, using canvas. The course will include readings and other media as its core content. But it will also include lectures delivered via video or podcast, and extensive online discussion forums. The class will be conducted asynchronously, but week by week, meaning you will need to do some class work every week, but will be able to complete the necessary elements at any time during that week. A detailed syllabus will be provided on the first day of class.


  1. To examine the roots of ideas of international and intercultural education, and their contemporary manifestations;
  2. To develop in students a critical engagement with international and intercultural education, to examine the unspoken assumptions within these terms;
  3. To develop the skills to engage critically with educational concepts, including close reading, policy analysis, and argumentation.


  • Class participation 30%
  • Discussion forum facilitation (twice in the semester) 10%
  • 1 short (4-5 pages) discussion paper, responding to a relevant event in the news 30%
  • 1 Intercultural education reflection (4-5 pages) 30%


Details on assignments will be provided in the first class as part of the detailed syllabus.

There is no final exam for this course.



All readings will be available on Canvas.

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).