Fall 2021 - EDUC 370 E100

International and Intercultural Education (4)

Class Number: 5283

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of at least 60 units, including 3 units in Education.



Practical and theoretical approaches to international and intercultural education, including examinations of the relationships between culture, learning and schooling, and contemporary issues in teacher education from an international perspective.


International and intercultural education are terms that are increasingly used across our society - by educators, but also by politicians, bureaucrats, and other educational stakeholders. But these are not simple terms. Built into them are assumptions about schools and their role in the world; hopes about the ability of education to bridge divisions in our society; and the aspirations of both educators and students. This course will attempt to unpack some of these ideas, and will invite students to collectively explore the underlying notions that shape discussions of international and intercultural education.

The pandemic has shown us that we need international and intercultural education more than ever. It has also shown us the profound limitations of the way we have done international education in the past. My intention for our course is to try to model some of the changes that I think we need to make to achieve a more just and effective educational future. The most important component of this is to try to build a community of learners, one in which we all feel welcome and can work together. I will tell you now that my steps down this path will be halting, and that I will make many mistakes. But I am hopeful that we can work together to try to build something that enables all of us to explore these concepts, and to learn from each other.


  1. To examine the roots of ideas of international and intercultural education, and their contemporary manifestations;
  2. To develop in students a critical engagement with international and intercultural education, to examine the unspoken assumptions within these terms;
  3. To develop the skills to engage critically with educational concepts, including close reading, policy analysis, and argumentation.


  • Class participation 25%
  • Personal charter exercise 5%
  • Intercultural education reflection (with process letter) 25%
  • Exegesis of a class reading (with a process letter) 15%
  • Decolonial theory analysis paper 30%


There is no final exam for this course.



All readings will be available on Canvas.

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.