Spring 2020 - EDUC 230 D100

Introduction to Philosophy of Education (3)

Class Number: 2966

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



Provides prospective teachers and others interested in education an opportunity to examine a variety of educational problems from a philosophical perspective. The central concern of the course is to elucidate the nature of education as a phenomenon distinct from such activities as training, schooling, and socialization. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Humanities.


This course will analyze a number of concepts and issues that are essential to understanding the nature of education. What is education? What are the aims of education? What are schools for? What should be included in the curriculum? These are some of the questions that will be considered in the course. In our analysis of these questions, we will also examine fundamental philosophical considerations regarding the nature of truth and knowledge, rationality, autonomy, morality, and what it means to be human.


  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Three Discussion Papers 60%
  • Final Exam 25%



Barrow, R. and Woods, R. (2006). An Introduction to Philosophy of Education (4th ed.). New York: Routledge.
ISBN: 9780415381260

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