Summer 2020 - EDUC 322 D100

The Social Lives of School Children (3)

Class Number: 5367

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 220 or PSYC 250.



An overview of theory, research and practice concerning social emotional development and social interactions and relationships in the school context. Emphasis on the role of peer relationships in development and the role of the school in supporting positive interactions.


This course will be delivered remotely.  Students do not need to be available and online during the scheduled class time: they will be able to login throughout the week complete the required weekly modules/assignments at their convenience.

Next to the family, the school is the most central context for children’s social-emotional development. Children’s social-emotional functioning importantly influences their experiences and outcomes at school and experiences at school importantly influence children’s social-emotional functioning. This cycle holds strong implications for well-being across the lifespan. Essentially, social experiences during childhood provide the foundation on which all future relationships are built.

In this course we will explore developmental, individual, relational and cultural factors that underlie children’s social-emotional functioning within the school and ways in which social-emotional development and well-being can be supported in that setting.


The broad goals/objectives of this course are for you to:

  • Become familiar with the main concepts and ideas of various theories of social and emotional development.
  • Become aware of the key research findings stemming from these theoretical orientations.
  • Learn about school-based interventions that aim to support social and emotional development and be able to evaluate critically these interventions in light of theory and research evidence.
  • Critically engage with peers on the concepts, ideas, and research introduced in this course.


  • Weekly Reading Questions 30%
  • Weekly Quizzes 20%
  • Discussion Portfolio 25%
  • Group Presentation 25%


A mandatory, ungraded Library Plagiarism tutorial will be held in week 2.



There is no textbook for this course. However, there are online readings, and occasionally there are supplementary videos. Each module in this course has several identified online readings, which you are required to work through alongside the provided commentary. Each module has a series of questions based on the readings that you will be required to complete.

Each module contains links to its respective reading(s) and viewing.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.