Spring 2022 - EDUC 100W D100

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 3604

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 3250, Surrey



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.


This introductory course is aimed at students who are interested in education, but not necessarily already committed to become an educator. In this course you will have an opportunity to co-create and shape the course content and focus on the questions and issues in education that are important to you. Together we will explore the questions that related to our own experiences with learning and teaching, such as discourses of education, perceptions of and approaches to education, goals of education, stakeholders in education, equity issues in education, and others. We will examine these educational questions and issues through oral and/or written discussions/reflections of course readings and various other media. You will also have an opportunity to reflect on your own experiences with learning and teaching.


The main goal of this course is to examine a number of educational questions and issues and reflect on the effect of these on ourselves and our social contexts. Through a variety of diverse assignments, students are also expected to develop skills in critical reading, writing, and reflection.


  • Attendance/Participation in Class 10%
  • Reading Responses/Reflections 25%
  • Discussions 25%
  • Final Paper/Project 40%


There is no final examination for this course.



A computer (or an equvalent electronic device) with internet access which you can use to upload and download documents and sustain online communication.


All course materials will either be provided on Canvas, or you will be able to access them via the SFU Library (website) or other open sources.

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 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.