Spring 2021 - EDUC 382 E100

Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)

Class Number: 3753

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



An examination of the impact of social diversity on schooling in Canada exploring contemporary issues and perspectives on diversity education as they relate to cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, economic, and gender differences.


This course will be delivered remotely with synchronous elements.  All students are expected to be online and available during scheduled class times.

The intersection between the diversity of student populations and the ever-evolving nature of society and its impact on education requires an alignment between diversity education and social justice. Consequently, this course will approach diversity in education from the perspective of critical social justice. This means understanding the asymmetrical power relations and other inequalities imbedded in pluralistic societies. We will explore, disrupt, and confront misconceptions about race, gender, social class, sexism, ableism and other issues to challenge prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. Students will be required to think critically, engage in reflective thinking and writing, and explore their own positionality in order to acknowledge, respect, and appreciate diversity.


  • Attendance and class participation 22%
  • Group work and presentations 25%
  • Reading Circles 28%
  • Final Reflective Writing 25%


  • Attendance to synchronous meetings is mandatory, roll will be taken in every class session.
  • Engagement in class discussions is expected; in-class activities are dependent on your active participation.
  • You should attend the first synchronous session. Detail information will be given during the first class.
  • There is no final exam for this course.



Sensoy, O., & DiAngelo, R. (2017). Is everyone really equal?: An introduction to key concepts in social justice education, Second Edition. Teachers College Press.
ISBN: 9780807758618


Extra articles and/or reading materials will be provided electronically.

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).