Fall 2021 - EDUC 240 D100

Social Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 5238

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Charles Bingham
    1 778 782-6578



Social functions of the school; education and socialization; social, political, economic and cultural influences on the institutions and practices of education. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts.


This course will offer an overview of Education in relation to diverse social issues such as race, transnational identities, multiculturalism, gender issues, bilingual education, cultural bias, power, anti-racist orientation, etc. This course introduces students to a number of social mechanisms that work inside and outside of educational institutions. These mechanisms are Authority, Recognition, Reproduction, and Resistance. The assumption of this course is that one cannot be an effective educator, nor can one be knowledgeable about education in general, without thinking about the ways that social mechanisms and social issues inform and are involved in educational practices. To that end, one of the goals of this course is to encourage fruitful dialogue about social issues in class discussions, and to encourage personal re-valuing of some of the ways that we engage with others in educational institutions. This course is not about a list of facts or certain solutions/outcomes. It is about learning some of the mechanisms that exist in educational situations, and about becoming aware of the social dangers and the social benefits that arise during the educational process.


  • Major Project Portfolio (project work) 35%
  • Interview (project work and overall course) 20%
  • Reading and Lecture Journals 25%
  • Participation and Attendance 20%


There is no final exam for this course.



All readings will be available on Canvas and online.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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 may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.