Spring 2020 - EDUC 855 G001

Multicultural and Race Relations Education: Policy Development and Program Implementation (5)

Class Number: 2405

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SRYC 3280, Surrey



Theory, research, policy development and program implementation in multicultural and race relations education encompass a wide spectrum of areas of educational inquiry.


This course provides an extended introduction to the field of critical multicultural education, and explores the role and application of multicultural education, anti-racism education, and indigenous education, in formal and non-formal educational settings. Students will examine a range of ideas, concepts and disciplinary approaches in the field and topics include:
·      The background and historical understanding of race,
·      Critical race theory
·      Intersectionality
·      history and analyses of multiculturalism,
·      principles and goals of anti-racism,
·      race and the nation state
·      settler colonial impact on historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Examples and illustrations from local, Canadian, and transnational contexts will inform classroom discussion. The general aim of this course is to help students understand key concepts relating to multicultural and anti-racism education, and to reflect on and thereby strengthen students’ practice as educators in multiethnic, racial, multilingual communities.

Readings, class discussions, media analyses and independent study will form the basis of class inquiry.  


At the end of the course, it is hoped that students will:
·      Have an increased understanding of basic terms and concepts related to multiculturalism, race and equity, 

·      be familiar with historical background on multiculturalism, equity education, and human rights in Canada, 

·      be able to analyze media representations of minority groups and issues relating to them, 

·      be able to incorporate multicultural and race relations components into an educational program or action research 

·      be more effective in implementing multicultural and race relations programs and strategies in your work place. 

The course is designed on the seminar format, and is meant to be participatory. Students are expected to come to class prepared, having completed the necessary readings and being willing to participate in discussions and in-class activities. Students are invited to contribute knowledge and understanding of the topics that will be explored in class by bringing their experiences, readings, media items of interest and other material connected to the topics and themes in the course. The course will be supported online through Canvas.


  • Facilitate a seminar/reading 20%
  • Media analysis project 30%
  • Final paper (Proposal 10%; Paper 40%) 50%


The assignments for this course will be discussed and finalized after our first class The following are suggested (open to change): 
1)    Facilitate a seminar/reading  20% 
 In pairs or individually, facilitate a reading that is assigned in the syllabus.  
2)    Analysis of a Media item – group project. 30%
This assignment will be discussed in class. It requires examining the representation and construction of race (and other areas of difference) in the media.  
3)    Final project – 50% Proposal and outline –10% Final paper  - 40%
The details of this will be worked out in class, in collaboration with students.  



Dei, G. (1996) Anti-racism education: theory and practice. Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishers
ISBN: 978 1 895686 63 0

Razack, S., Smith, M., & Thobani, S. (Eds). (2010). States of race: Critical race feminism for the 21st century. Toronto: Between the Lines
ISBN: 978-1-897071-59-5

Other Readings: 
A number of additional readings will be assigned and distributed in class, or links will be provided for online access 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:

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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