Fall 2023 - EDUC 833 G031

Social and Moral Philosophy in Education (5)

Class Number: 4184

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



An in-depth study of the ethical foundations of education. Areas in education where ethical questions arise are identified and elucidated. Classical and modern moral positions are examined for their adequacy as theories of moral justification. The topics include the value of education, freedom and equality, and moral and values education.


Meeting Dates:
Sept 8/9, 22/23
Oct 13/14, 27/28
Nov 17/18
Dec 1/2

Meeting Times:
Fridays: 4:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:30 - 4:30 pm

Meeting Location:
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 3050, Centre for Dialogue


  1. Development of a learning community of practice through contemplative, holistic, and transformational (CHaT) approaches to education.
  2. Inquiry into the nature of scholarship and critical and reflective engagement from CHaT perspectives.
  3. Inquiry into the nature of the contemporary world characterized by multiplicity and complexity of worldviews/paradigms, modus vivendi, and the associated challenges.
  4. Inquiry into how contemplative inquiry can serve ethically as a response to individual and social/societal needs.
  5. Inquiry into the aims, scope, and possibilities of moral agency.
  6. Exploration of ethics of healing with CHaT practices.
  7. Acquisition of models, tools, and resources for transformation of the moral self.
  8. Application of CHaT ways of knowing, learning, and teaching in participants’ professional work and personal life.


  • "Awareness Journal" 30%
  • iChange Project 60%
  • Presentation 10%



All instructional materials (to be read and to be viewed) for this course will be online and will be made available to students.


A syllabus with detailed reading schedule will be made available to students before the first class.


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.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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.