Spring 2023 - EDUC 902A G001

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Contemporary Educational Theory A (3)

Class Number: 1505

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    AQ 5020, Burnaby

  • Corequisites:

    EDUC 902B.



Contemporary educational theories and theories from supporting disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, philosophy) will be examined and analysed. The relationships among contemporary theories, current practice and educational change will be focal.


Course Overview: In this seminar we will explore the contested terrain of contemporary educational theory and the application of these theories to educational settings. Questions to be explored include (but are not limited to):

  • What does it mean to say someone is educated?
  • Who (or what) makes a family? (educational theorists on parenting and kin)
  • What does it mean to live well with and for others? (both human and more-than-human others)
  • What roles do race, gender, and ability play in education?
  • What role does (or should) education play in identity formation?
  • What are our ethical responsibilities to and for the past?


Educational Goals:  The course will focus on developing students’:

  • understanding of contemporary educational theories through the application of these ideas in various social, moral, cultural, ecological, and political contexts;
  • proficiencies in inquiry, analysis, interpretation, critique, and theory-building within research and educational practices;
  • conceptual understanding of the discursive relationships between theory, practice, and reflection in education through disciplined study, dialogue, presentations, and academic writing.



Assignments and Grading: Details of assignments, grading, and week-to-week themes will be discussed during the first class.

Please note: This class will be offered in a hybrid format:
some classes will be in person (F2F) on the Burnaby campus and others will be on Zoom.

 Here are the dates for our F2F classes (AQ 5020, Burnaby campus – physical attendance is required):

Jan. 10; Jan. 31; Feb. 14; Feb. 28; Mar. 14; Mar. 28; Apr. 11

Here are the dates for our online (Zoom) classes:

Jan. 17; Jan. 24; Feb. 7; Mar. 7; Mar. 21; Apr. 4 

Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 681 2209 5534

Password: 814154




Required Texts: All required readings, videos, podcasts or music recordings will be available online through the SFU Library or through links posted here in the syllabus or on Canvas.


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