Spring 2021 - EDUC 240 D100

Social Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 3683

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 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.


Delivery Mode: Remote Class Meetings Using Zoom. Remote Tutorial Using Zoom

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%



Paulo Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed


Herbert Kohl: I Won't Learn From You


Other readings will be posted as the semester progresses.


Note: 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 spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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 (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).