Spring 2020 - EDUC 471 D100

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 2936

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5007, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2020
    10:05 PM – 10:05 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Explorations of curriculum theory and processes of development with applications at different levels and in several subject areas.


This course will explore the theoretical complexity of the notion of curriculum theory and development to reveal the sense of unreliability of such documents and practices that are not based on sound theory. A curriculum is as good as the people who write them. Without a sound theoretical base a curriculum cannot have practical validity as such. Good practice is grounded in good theory. Various philosophies of education and their possible implementation in curriculums will be examined in the context of these remarks.


It is hoped that students will become fully aware of the complexity of curriculum theory and development so that they can design their own personal curriculums that reflect a solid basis in theory.


  • One presentation: 15-20 minutes 20%
  • 3 group presentations based on videos presented by the professor in class 30%
  • A final theoretical paper incorporating the ideas and required readings in our class. (2500 - 3000 words maximum) OR Write curriculum lesson plans incorporating the ideas and required readings in our class into a unit of study of your own choice for the duration of one week of teaching. 20%
  • Take Home Exam 30%


Take Home Exam will be sent by regular email to all students on 2020/4/14 around 12pm local time. Students will return their exam by regular email with a WORD attachment on April 21, 2020 no than just after 10:00 and before midnight.  



Plato. Republic. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, (The World’s Classics series) 1993, 1998. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0192833707 | ISBN-13: 978-0192833709. (This book is also available to students who prefer an electronic download. These are legal and free downloads that can be found on various websites on the Internet).
ISBN: 978-0192833709

Tasos Kazepides. Education as Dialogue: Its prerequisites and its enemies. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (2010). 207pp. ISBN: 978-0-7735- 3806-1  
ISBN: 978-0-7735- 3806-1

Kieran, Egan, Imagination in Teaching and Learning: The Middle School Years. The University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 0-226-19035-8.
ISBN: 0-226-19035-8

Senyshyn, Yaroslav. The Artist In Crisis: Kierkegaard’s Philosophy Of The Aesthetic Stage of Existence And Live Musical Performance, Vancouver: Platon Promotions Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-0-557-52344-3

ISBN: 978-0-557-52344-3

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