Spring 2021 - EDUC 250 D100

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

Class Number: 3752

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2021
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



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 will be offered remotly with weekly synchronous sessions on Mondays from 2:30-3:30 pm.

We do not, it seems to me, study the history of education merely for its possible value in avoiding mistakes, in recognizing the inefficiencies of the monitorial system, for example, or the parochialism of ecclesiastical education, or the fragility of academic freedom, though history can have such value. We study history to become aware of our presuppositions and commitments in education by examining the origin of those presuppositions and commitments.

Larry Cremin, "American Education: Some Notes Toward a New History."

We will examine a variety of ideas and practices in the field of education in order to understand how our current educational system has developed from these ideas. We will focus on how our conception of education has changed throughout time and examine what has been gained and what has been lost with these changing conceptions. To this end we will examine the ideas and practices of the ancient Greeks, medieval education, Renaissance and Enlightenment ideals, the influence of Romanticism, the scientific revolution, Piaget and psychology, and progressive education.


  • Online participation 10%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • First paper 25%
  • Second paper 25%
  • Final exam 25%


Attendance is compulsory and students will be expected to participate in class discussions. In addition, students will give a short presentation on one of the readings. Two papers will also be required.



Gutek, Gerald L. A History of the Western Educational Experience. Long Grove: Waveland Press, Inc., 1995 2nd Edition.

eText ISBN: 9781478629931
ISBN: 9780881338188

Registrar Notes:


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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).