Spring 2020 - EDUC 823 G001

Curriculum and Instruction in an Individual Teaching Speciality (5)

Class Number: 2398

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    AQ 5038, Burnaby



An intensive examination of developments in a curriculum area selected by the student. In addition the course will deal with major philosophical and historical factors that influence the present state and future directions of curriculum and instruction.


Topics to be addressed include:

  • What are the differences between seeing teaching as a vocation and as a profession?
  • What knowledge is of most worth? (questions around core curriculum)
  • Power and normalization in the curriculum. 
  • What difference does difference make? (on diversity, inclusion and anti-oppressive education)
  • The emergent curriculum. 
  • Dissent, resistance, and critical pedagogy. 
  • The postmodern condition and the curriculum. 
  • Language and censorship in curriculum and schooling. 
  • The complexities of classroom dialogue in a pluralist society.


  • Student-directed inquiry assignments 30%
  • Mini-conference presentation 20%
  • Final Paper 50%



All course readings will be available online through the SFU library

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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