Education 382: 
Diversity in Education


Next offerings: 
Fall semester: Sept 8 - Dec 1, 2014
Meeting day/time: Fridays, 930a-120p 
Burnaby campus, room TBD




This course has a Canvas site
This page last updated Feb 20, 2014

Education 382:

Diversity in Education



Next offerings:

Fall semester: Sept 8 - Dec 1, 2014

Meeting day/time: Fridays, 930a-120p

Burnaby campus, room TBD





This course has a Canvas site

This page last updated Feb 20, 2014

 

**PLEASE NOTE**

Attendance to all class sessions – including session 1 – is mandatory. Late arrivals, early departures, and unexplained absences will be reflected in your final grade. There will be a full first class session, including a pre-reading that will be sent via Canvas the week before classes start.



“The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations that we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor that is planted deep within each of us, and that knows only the oppressors’ tactics, the oppressors’ relationships.”

Audre Lorde, 1970

“Age, race, class, and sex: Women redefining difference”


Prerequisites


This course is open to undergraduates in all Faculties who have completed sixty (60) units.


Course Description


The aim of this course is for students to develop the understanding and language with which to dialogue about issues related to diversity in education from a critical social justice framework.


A critical approach to social justice refers to specific theoretical perspectives that recognize that society is stratified (i.e., divided and unequal) in significant and far-reaching ways along social group lines that include diversity of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. Critical social justice recognizes inequality as deeply embedded in the fabric of society (i.e., as structural), and actively seeks to change this. Specifically this course will introduce students to key concepts in social justice education including: critical thinking, socialization, group identity, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, power, privilege, and White supremacy.


The course activities are organized with attention to the following learning objectives. By the end of the course, students will be able to:


•Recognize and explain how relations of unequal social power are constantly being negotiated at both the micro (individual) and macro (structural) levels in institutions including but not limited to schools;

•Understand and describe one’s own positions within these relations of unequal power;

•Develop the vocabulary and understanding of the key concepts with which to examine issues of diversity in Canadian schools within the theory of critical social justice;

•Improve one’s critical thinking, listening, writing, and speaking skills;

•Develop a plan for acting on all of the above in service of a more just society.



Required texts

**may be updated for summer 2014 offering**


Sensoy, Ö. & DiAngelo, R. (2012). Is everyone really equal? An introduction to key concepts in social justice education. NY: Teachers College Press. ISBN 978-0-8077-5269-2 (paper)


Additional readings will be required. These will predominantly consist of journal articles to supplement each week’s readings from the primary text.



Required Learning Activities

**may be updated for summer 2014 offering**


ASSIGNMENTS                                            DUE DATE                    VALUE

Attendance, Participation, Homework*     Ongoing                          25 %

In class pop quizzes                                      Ongoing                           25 %
Midterm**                                                       TBD                                  25 %

Final**                                                             TBD                                   25 %


*you will have weekly homework writing assignments and in class group work; this work will be collected, noted as complete/incomplete, and randomly graded out of 5 points. Your top 5 scores in the semester will count towards your grade in this category.

** details will be made available in class








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