Spring 2020 - EDUC 100W D200

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 2879

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 4120, Burnaby



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.


As an introductory course to Education, we will not only explore the BIG ISSUES in education but also our own relationship to education, as a learner, community member, and prospective educator. The purpose of this course is to further develop our understandings of the complexity of the Canadian educational system, in relation to other countries; understand the BIG issues in education within the BC context; and explore our own questions about education in relationship of self-to-self, self-to-others, and self-to-place. The goals of this course will be three-fold: knowledge acquisition, self-reflection, and application to practice.


The goals of this class are to probe and extend the way education has been construed and challenges and encourages the student to connect his/her own lived inquiry to ways of knowing which encompass a holistic understanding. A variety of educational philosophies will be examined and the student will be encouraged to expand his/her way of excavating and articulating knowledge and wisdom. It is the hope of this class that students will more deeply connect to education as a place of discovery and a site to unfold their own passions. This class encourages embodied, performative and arts-based approaches to writing.
 EDUC 100 is also a "W" course (writing intensive) and, as such, students will learn to identify, analyze, and utilize the typical ways of writing in the discipline.


  • Oral Presentation in Groups 25%
  • Writing Narrative 20%
  • Final Project in Connection to Ways of Knowing 40%
  • Attendance/ Participation 15%
  • Critical Summary 15%


There will be non-classroom activities such as visits to Museums and Art Gallaries, outdoor spaces, Holland Park, Green Timbers Urban Forest and Surrey City Hall. More specifics will be on the syllabus. These will be during class times.

There may be a fee if we attend a performance.



No textbooks required.

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