Spring 2022 - EDUC 100W E100

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 3605

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    BLU 10031, Burnaby



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.


In this introductory course, we will explore key concepts in social justice education. These include an introduction to critical theory, prejudice and discrimination, and intersectionality. We will explore how this lens can be applied to curriculum, pedagogy and educational environments and tools. In addition, we will think about our own relationship to education, as a learner and community member here in British Columbia. We will especially explore our own identities as writers, and develop a practice of self-evaluation and critical reflection. 


The goals of this course are to provide students with an introduction to key concepts in social justice education, and to allow students to explore these concepts through research and writing. This course also aims to foster students' identities as writers and provide varied and multimodal approaches to engaging in writing, critical reflection, and analytical response. 

EDUC 100 is also a "W" course (writing intensive) and, as such, students will learn to identify, analyze, and utilize the typical ways of writing in the discipline.


  • Attendance/Participation 20%
  • Small writing assignments - there will be 3-4 40%
  • Final Project 40%


Details on assignments, participation and grades will be handed out on the syllabus in class. 
Students should bring the required text to class each day. 



Students must have the required book for the course as we will be discussing it and using it for every class. Please purchase before class begins.
Students need access to a computer with Internet access to complete assignments, as we will be using Canvas as a hub for turning in various items and communicating. 


Sensoy, Özlem. DiAngelo, Robin J.Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction To Key Concepts In Social Justice Education. New York : Teachers College Press, 2012.
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0807758612

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.