Fall 2023 - EDUC 100W OL01

Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 4886

Delivery Method: Online


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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 is an introductory course that opens general questions around learning and teaching. We will look at the larger framework of education and schooling, as well as at experiences and processes of learning that occur for all of us – whether inside or outside the classroom. We will explore what learners will want to encounter to help bring about the kinds of societies that enable flourishing and well-being. This includes questions around relational learning, ecological learning, social justice and Indigeneity. You will also be invited to reflect meaningfully on your own educational journey and learning processes, and how these might be better understood in light of the relevant questions we raise.


  • Become aware of, and inquire into, relevant topics as they pertain to education: social justice, Indigeneity, environmental & ecological learning, etc.
  • Engage in relational learning through meaningful and respectful conversation on complex and sensitive topics.
  • Reflect on personal experiences of learning and how they relate to the above topics.
  • Gain practice and support in various forms of writing: critical analysis, personal reflection, narrative.


  • Introductory Virtual Gallery: Situating Self 20%
  • Discussion Facilitation and Participation 30%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Learning narrative 25%


There is no required textbook; the readings will be provided in Canvas.
Note: There is no final exam.
Students who require any kind of accommodation should reach out to let me know as soon as possible. 

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Centre for Accessible Learning: https://www.sfu.ca/students/accessible-learning.html
Student services: https://www.sfu.ca/students.html



Students should have reliable access to the internet and a computer and should have a computing account to access the library online. Students will need to be able to access videos and texts.


Will be provided on Canvas. 


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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.