Summer 2021 - EDUC 313 D100

Numeracy and Society (3)

Class Number: 2430

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Conceptions of numeracy in contemporary society; consequences of innumeracy; enhancing personal numeracy skills; examination of numeracy across the curriculum. This course is designed for students NOT working in a Mathematics or Science specialization. Quantitative.


The class will take place online on Thursdays from 230 to 530 pm. Participation during the scheduled time is mandatory for this course.

Conceptions of numeracy in contemporary society and examination of numeracy across the curriculum. This is neither a mathematics course nor a course to review topics studied in high school. The intent of this course is for non-mathematics specialists to be able to see how mathematics can enhance the teaching and understanding of all subjects.

The rationale for this course is threefold: (a) to examine the evolving conceptions of numeracy in contemporary society, (b) to reflect on personal experiences as a learner enhancing numeracy skills, and (c) to examine how numeracy can be enhanced in different aspects of curriculum.

This course is designed for students NOT working in a Mathematics or Science specialization. Quantitative.


On completion of the course, the participants will have increased awareness of the nature and impact of numeracy within society and within the curriculum.


  • Report on mathematics in society 10%
  • Reading extensions (4 x 10%) 40%
  • Mathematics Portfolios (3 x 10%) 30%
  • Annotated Resources (2 x 10%) 20%


Given the on-line nature of the course, the assignments and grading have been modified in order to fit best practises for on-line delivery, which include assigning more frequent but smaller assignments. There is no final exam for the course.



There is no dedicated textbook for this course. Required Readings for EDUC 313 will include a combination of journal articles and book chapters that have been selected to support the aims of this course. These readings can be downloaded each week from Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).