Fall 2023 - EDUC 848 G031

Ideas and Issues in Aesthetic Education (5)

Class Number: 4185

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



This course relates critical ideas in aesthetics to questions concerning the nature, purpose, and provision of the arts (visual art, music, drama, dance, literature) in education.


Meeting Dates:
September 15, 16
October 13, 14, 27, 28
November 17,18
December 1, 2

Meeting Times:
Fridays 4:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturdays 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Meeting Location:
Vancouver (Harbour Centre) campus, Room 1530


This course introduces North American children's literature as a genre with its own traditions and history.  

Specifically, students will: 

  • understand the unique traditions and histories of North American children’s literature;
  • analyze compositional elements of visual narratives and how graphic narratives like picturebooks, comics, and animated shorts communicate;
  • develop critical reading/viewing strategies;
  • understand the relationships between texts for youth and shifting cultural constructions of “childhood” and “adolescence” and what kinds of stories adults believe youth need and/or should be shielded from;
  • develop knowledge about BIPOC children’s authors and illustrators;
  • understand the various genres within children’s literature, including non-fiction;
  • develop an understanding of academic writing and an ability to write and critique texts in a scholarly manner.


  • Respectful engagement/professionalism 5%
  • Seminar lead 15%
  • Daily assignments 25%
  • Annotated bibliography/proposal 15%
  • Paper/conference presentations 40%


The course includes individual study, daily assignments, research, small group and whole-class discussion, a project proposal, a presentation, and an academic paper.



Students will need a copy of the required books as well as additional texts to bring to class. Picture books and graphic novels should be hard copies that you bring to class. Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours before each class in libraries and bookstores selecting children’s/ya texts.


Students will need a copy of the required books as well as additional texts to bring to class. Most will be easily accessible. Picture books and graphic novels should be hard copies that you bring to class. 

Bang, M. Picture this: How pictures work. Chronicle Books LLC, 25 edition, 2016.
ISBN: 978-1452151991

Brown, P. My teaching is a monster, no I am not! MacMillan Children's Books, 2014.

ISBN: 978-1509831234

Dahl, R. Matilda. Jonathan Cape, any edition, 1988.

Lam, T. The paper boat. Owlkids, Illustrated edition, 2020.
ISBN: 978-1771473637

Nilsen, S. No fixed address. Wendy Lamb Books, 2018.
ISBN: 978-0735262775

Salisbury, M. & Styles, M. Children's picture books: The art of visual storytelling. 2nd edition Laurence King, 2019.

*** Please buy the second edition. Please purchase on Amazon or through another bookseller before the start of class***

ISBN: 978-1786275738

Craft, J. New Kid. Harper Collins, 2019.
ISBN: 978-0062691194

Tan, S. Lost and found.  Arthur A. Levine books, 2011.

*** Please purchase on Amazon or through another bookseller before the start of class***

ISBN: 978-0545229241


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.