Spring 2024 - EDUC 471 OL01

Curriculum Development: Theory and Practice (4)

Class Number: 6565

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Explorations of curriculum theory and processes of development with applications at different levels and in several subject areas.


This online course will explore the theoretical complexity of the notion of curriculum theory and development to reveal the sense of unreliability of such documents and practices that are not based on sound theory. A curriculum is as good as the people who write them. Without a sound theoretical base, a curriculum cannot have practical validity as such. Good practice is grounded in good theory. Various philosophies of education and their possible implementation in curriculums will be examined in the context of these remarks. In addition to these (see “Required Texts” directly below) students will be assigned other supplementary readings TBA in the schedule of readings that are directly related to issues of indigeneity, equity, inquiry, arts and how these are related to curriculums in theoretical and practical contexts.


It is hoped that students will become fully aware of the complexity of curriculum theory and development so that they can design their own personal curriculums that reflect a solid basis related to indigeneity, equity, inquiry, and arts.


  • Assignment 1: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 2: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 3: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 4: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 5: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 6: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 7: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 8: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 9: Reflections and Analyses 10%
  • Assignment 10: Reflections and Analyses 10%



Plato. Republic. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, (The World’s Classics series) 1993, 1998. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0192833707 | ISBN-13: 978-0192833709.

(This book is also available to students who prefer an electronic download. These are legal and free downloads that can be found on various websites on the Internet).

ISBN: 978-0192833709

Tasos Kazepides. Education as Dialogue: Its prerequisites and its enemies. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (2010). 207pp. 

ISBN: 978-0-7735- 3806-1

Senyshyn, Yaroslav. The Artist In Crisis: Kierkegaard’s Philosophy Of The Aesthetic Stage of Existence And Live Musical Performance, Vancouver: Platon Promotions Publishing, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0557523443


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Registrar Notes:


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