Fall 2021 - EDUC 250 D100

Studies in the History of Education in the Western World (3)

Class Number: 5239

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM



A study of major trends in educational practice from antiquity to the present. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


This course is especially designed to introduce the foundations of education to undergraduates seeking entry to teacher credential programs and are striving to become reflective practitioners, but it is a course particularly suitable for any student interested in the history of educational theory and practice in Western culture. The focus of the course will be on ways in which contemporary educational theory and practice have emerged from the past.


  • Written Assignments 40%
  • Quizzes 30%
  • Term Paper 30%


In addition to punctual attendance, students will prepare, present, and participate in discussions on 11 written assignments based on the assigned readings, worth up to 4% each for a total of up to 40% of your final grade (only best 10 count). There will be 11 quizzes, worth up to 3% each for a total of 30% of your final grade (only best 10 will count), and there will be a term paper, worth 30% of your final grade.


Video participation is not optional. One half of a mark will be lost for every late arrival and early departure, and one full mark will be deducted for each absence. For excused tardiness and absences, arrangements may be made to make up for lost marks. Each mark corresponds to 1% of your final grade.



There will be no text requirement for this course. Selected readings provided.


Optional reading, but highly recommended text, if not this Fall, sometime:

Tarnas, Richard (1991). The passion of the Western mind: Understanding the ideas that have shaped our world view. New York: Ballantine Books.

Registrar Notes:


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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).

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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.