Spring 2023 - EDUC 199 OL01

Foundations of Personal Agency: Finding Voice and Place in Academia (4)

Class Number: 7577

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Scholarly exploration of the self, and one's place in the University context using tools of narrative inquiry.


Developing one’s academic voice and being part of an academic community involves taking an active role in academic conversations. Working with the awareness that academic life can be well connected with your own experiences and stories as a person, this course offers practice in expressing yourself through a variety of forms, and in finding connections that are meaningful to you.

You will be invited to:

-Investigate what ‘having a place’ means to you, including social and geographic meanings
-Explore your written voice through personal narratives -Present research on a topic that affects your own life, and that you have then interpreted and expressed in your own way.
-Participate in online dialogues that hone your ability to critically reflect on the voices of others while developing your own


This course provides students opportunities to discover their voice and develop skills to meaningfully join conversations on topics pertinent to university life, and to be aware of how their own experience relates to matters of academic relevance.


  • Weekly Online Dialogues: 30%
  • Place-based Inquiry project 20%
  • Personal Narrative 25%
  • Personal Research Presentation (submitted online) 25%


This course seeks to develop your voice in academic conversations and develop your ability to participate in them meaningfully. Please know that your voice, thoughts, feelings, stories and experiences matter. Your active and willingly engaged participation in weekly (sometimes experiential) tasks and in online discussions and is vital.



Graff, G. & Birkinstein, C. (2021). They say I say: The moves that matter in academic writing, 5th Ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. This can likely be made available to us from the library. More details to follow.

Other readings will be provided 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