Summer 2020 - EDUC 873 G001

Career Counselling (3)

Class Number: 3070

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM



An examination of contemporary approaches to career counselling.


Course Delivery  
Due to current public health circumstances, this course will be delivered remotely. Instead of in class lectures and discussions, we will meet on Zoom for approximately the first scheduled hour of the class (4:30 until ~ 5:30PM). Students should come prepared to discuss the assigned topic. They will need to complete activities individually or with a partner during the week. Students will present their final projects on Zoom in July.

Course Overview

When people think of career counselling they often imagine a “test-and-tell” approach to helping, the aim of which is to match individuals to suitable occupations. However, in the past few decades, the field has changed significantly. Contemporary approaches to career counselling are holistic, relational, dynamic, and focus on developing individual agency and promoting social justice. In this course, we will briefly review historical and theoretical foundations of career counselling and then will learn about and critically evaluate contemporary approaches that have moved the field in new theoretical and practical directions.


Upon completion of this course students should be able to:  

  1. recount the historical and theoretical foundations of career development;
  2. identify and critically evaluate historic and contemporary career development theories and practices;
  3. identify sociocultural and economic trends and explain how these impact both the career development of individuals as well as counselling theories and practices;
  4. explain how people’s working lives are impacted by economic, political, and cultural structures;
  5. describe the importance and complexity of individual agency;
  6. have knowledge of different counselling interventions and demonstrate the ability to effectively use these interventions with clients;
  7. explain the historic connection between career counselling and social justice and critically evaluate efforts to promote social justice in career counselling and career education;
  8. evaluate the relevance of career development theories and practices for diverse clients; and,
  9. understand the basic fundamentals of program development, implementation and evaluation of career services.


  • Weekly Reading Summaries 16%
  • Short Midterm Paper 34%
  • Application Paper & Presentation (35% + 15%) 50%



A list of articles will be assigned in class. All are available through the SFU Library.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: 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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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.