Fall 2023 - EDUC 240 D100

Social Issues in Education (3)

Class Number: 4763

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.



Social functions of the school; education and socialization; social, political, economic and cultural influences on the institutions and practices of education. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts.


This course will offer an overview of Education in relation to diverse social issues such as race, transnational identities, multiculturalism, gender issues, bilingual education, cultural bias, power, anti-racist orientation, etc. This course introduces students to a number of social mechanisms that work inside and outside of educational institutions. These mechanisms are Authority, Recognition, Reproduction, and Resistance. The assumption of this course is that one cannot be an effective educator, nor can one be knowledgeable about education in general, without thinking about the ways that social mechanisms and social issues inform and are involved in educational practices. To that end, one of the goals of this course is to encourage fruitful dialogue about social issues in class discussions, and to encourage personal re-valuing of some of the ways that we engage with others in educational institutions. This course is not about a list of facts or certain solutions/outcomes. It is about learning some of the mechanisms that exist in educational situations, and about becoming aware of the social dangers and the social benefits that arise during the educational process.


  • Major Project Portfolio (project work) 35%
  • Interview (project work and overall course) 20%
  • Reading and Lecture Journals 25%
  • Participation and Attendance 20%


There is no final exam for this course.



All readings will be available on Canvas and online.


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.