Fall 2021 - EDUC 833 G031

Social and Moral Philosophy in Education (5)

Class Number: 5159

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



An in-depth study of the ethical foundations of education. Areas in education where ethical questions arise are identified and elucidated. Classical and modern moral positions are examined for their adequacy as theories of moral justification. The topics include the value of education, freedom and equality, and moral and values education.


Meeting Dates:
Sept 17, 18
Oct 1, 2
Oct 22, 23
Nov 5, 6
Nov 19, 20
Nov 26, 27

Meeting Times:
Fridays: 4:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:30 - 4:30 pm

Meeting Location:
SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre) Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1525


  1. Development of a learning community of practice, especially from contemplative theory perspectives and practice approaches.
  2. Inquiry into the nature of scholarship and critical and reflective engagement, especially from a contemplative orientation.
  3. Inquiry into the nature of the contemporary world characterized by multiplicity and complexity of worldviews/paradigms, modus vivendi, and the associated challenges.
  4. Inquiry into the aims, scope, and possibilities of moral agency.
  5. Exploration of ethics of healing.
  6. Examination of models, tools and resources, including contemplative ones, for transformation of the moral self.
  7. Application of contemplative ways of knowing, learning, and teaching in participants’ professional work and personal life.
  8. Inquiry into how contemplative inquiry can serve ethically as a response to individual and social/societal needs.


  • Written work for Canvas dialogue 40%
  • Final Paper 40%
  • Presentation 20%



All instructional materials (to be read and to be viewed) for this course will be online and will be made available to students.


We will be reading chapters and journal articles by such authors/editors as:

Anderson et al. (2019); Badenoch (2017); Bai, et al. (2020); Ergas & Ritters (2020); Goleman (1997); Gunnlaugson, et al. (2019); Hadot (1995); Haidt (2012); Scott (2014); Stucky (2010)

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. 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:


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.