Fall 2023 - EDUC 437 OL01
Ethical Issues in Education (4)
Class Number: 4867
Delivery Method: Online
Ethical problems in education are identified and examined. Four major areas of concern are explored: 1. the normative character of education as a whole; 2. the justification of education; 3. ethical questions related to equality, autonomy, interpersonal relationships, and rights in education; 4. moral education and values education.
This course aims to engage students in discourse around theories and approaches in ethical issues in daily life, and particularly in contexts of learning and teaching. Some questions that we explore include: What do we mean by ethics, and in what contexts does it play out? How do we relate to others ethically, and how far might these ethical relations extend? How do we engage in ethical awareness, and how do we create meaningful ethical change in our everyday practices?
At the core of our work together is a project that seeks to build, through the practice of transformative learning, greater conscious awareness of our own life practices and habits of mind. We also engage in active dialogue: you will have the company of peers in your group with whom you jointly reflect upon the theories and perspectives you are learning, engaging in self-cultivation and questions around values and ethical practices.
- Weekly Online Dialogue Participation 40%
- i-change Project 50%
- Final Reflection Letter 10%
There is no midterm or final exam for this course.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
All course materials be provided through Canvas.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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.