Fall 2022 - EDUC 100W B100

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 7953

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    Location: TBA



An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Please be advised that this course will have synchronous classes during the scheduled weekly meeting time using video conferencing. Students are expected to attend these classes to participate in discussions on each of the core topics. Participation in class discussions during class time and using the discussion board for online discussions will contribute to the attendance/participation mark. 

In this introductory course, we will explore questions and issues in education through an Indigenous lens. Drawing on Indigenous literatures and stories (including novels, poetry, essays, articles, art, podcasts, short stories, picture books, and documentaries), we will learn about Indigenous knowledges, educational priorities, and ways of sharing knowledge and reflect our responsibilities in relationship to what we learn. 


The goals of this course are knowledge acquisition, self-reflection, and application to practice. With this in mind, we will explore a range of Indigenous education ideas and consider the ways that teaching and learning have been taken up in different contexts. We will also reflect on the impacts of our own educational experiences on our perspectives of education. EDUC 100 is writing intensive course, and students will explore different approaches to written expression of ideas.


  • Discussion Posts 15%
  • Narrative Essay 20%
  • Response Papers 20%
  • Class Activities 10%
  • Persuasive Writing Assignment 10%
  • Final Project 25%


Please be advised that this is a blended (in person and online) course. In person classes are: September 13, 27; October 11, 25; November 8, 22; and December 6. Attendance is very important to successfully complete this course.


Assignment details will be provided on the syllabus in class. Attendance is of utmost importance, as this course draws on Indigenous pedagogies.



Please purchase the required texts for this course before class begins, as they will be used for each class.


Robertson, D.A. (2020). Black Water: Family, legacy, and blood memory. HarperCollins Canada. (Available in local bookstores or online)
ISBN: 9781443457767


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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