Fall 2023 - EDUC 327 E100

Self, Psychology and Education (3)

Class Number: 7496

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 6, 2023: Tue, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units, including EDUC 220.



A critical examination of theoretical and empirical programs of inquiry in educational psychology that are concerned with the self (e.g., self-esteem, self-concept, self-directed or self-regulated learning). Students will participate in a wide-ranging seminar that considers topics such as the relationship between personal and social being, historical perspectives on the self, the formation of social identity, the roles of memory, imagination, and narrative in selfhood, the development of agency and self, and education and personhood.


Topics we will cover will be:

  • Origins of self-understanding in society, philosophical discourse and psychological treatise;
  • How psychological expertise shapes our understandings of the self;
  • How our assumptions about self and psychology shape our education system and in turn how these have become key social issues in the 2020s.


There are many education courses that will focus on the value of individuals, respect for students and openness to diversity.

In this course, you will develop an understanding of how we become individuals, how we understand ourselves and others as people and individuals and how our understandings are profoundly shaped by psychological knowledge which in turn shapes the kinds of people we seek to become.

So, lots of philosophy, psychology and history as well as thoughtful consideration of current trends and counter-trends in what seems to have become a battle to shape our self-understandings


  • Take-Home Assignment#1 30%
  • Take-Home Writing Assignment#2 25%
  • Take-Home Writing Assignment #3 45%


Participation is required.

Major features of this course are the readings and in class discussions of them. You are expected to attend classes, adequately prepare for them, and participate in discussions. Given the nature of the material and what is covered in class, if you miss multiple classes it is unlikely you will succeed in the course. As well, if you are absent, it is not possible to insure that you have acquired the curriculum. Consequently, if you miss more than three classes, you will receive an incomplete in the course.




Two or three articles a week. They will either be accessible from the library or provided by the instructor


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:


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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.