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International and Global Education Minor

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Spring 2016.

This minor explores an interdisciplinary, experientially based approach to international and global education so that appropriate learning experiences can be created and infused in any given elementary and secondary course.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete one of

EDUC 100W - Selected Questions and Issues in Education (3)

An introduction to a small but representative sample of basic questions and issues in education. Students will examine questions relating to: the concept or idea of education; learning and the learner; teaching and the teacher; and more generally, the broader contexts of education. This course also introduces students to different ways of exploring educational questions and issues from philosophical and critical analysis, to historical and cross-cultural studies, to empirical research. Cannot be taken for credit by students with credit for 300 and 400 level education courses. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
C200 Distance Education
C300 Distance Education
D100 Celeste Snowber
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
D200 Daniel Dunford
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10031, Burnaby
E100 Michele Schmidt
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
EDB 7506, Burnaby
EDUC 230 - Introduction to Philosophy of Education (3)

Provides prospective teachers and others interested in education an opportunity to examine a variety of educational problems from a philosophical perspective. The central concern of the course is to elucidate the nature of education as a phenomenon distinct from such activities as training, schooling, and socialization. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Robert Manery
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D105 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D106 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
EDUC 240 - Social Issues in Education (3)

Social functions of the school; education and socialization; social, political, economic and cultural influences on the institutions and practices of education. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Charles Bingham
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
D101 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
EDB 9651, Burnaby
D102 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
D103 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
D104 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D105 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D106 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D108 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
EDUC 250 - Studies in the History of Education in the Western World (3)

A study of major trends in educational practice from antiquity to the present. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robert Manery
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 15 units, and an intercultural/international experience (see below), and both of

EDUC 370 - International and Intercultural Education (4)

Practical and theoretical approaches to international and intercultural education, including examinations of the relationships between culture, learning and schooling, and contemporary issues in teacher education from an international perspective. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 60 units, including 3 units in Education.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Dale McCartney
Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
EDB 7600, Burnaby
EDUC 435 - Infusing Global Perspectives into Curriculum (4)

An examination of the rationale for and concepts of global education including its content, methods and skills objectives, and its place in existing provincial curricula. Prerequisite: 60 units, including three of which must be in Education.

and either

one Designs for Learning course and one of the following courses

or two of

EDUC 311 - Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture (3)

An introduction to Aboriginal education in Canada and BC. There will be a critical examination of historical and contemporary issues in education and an exploration of culturally based Aboriginal education grounded in Aboriginal philosophies. Prerequisite: 60 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Carolyn Roberts
We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
EDB 7509, Burnaby
EDUC 382 - Diversity in Education: Theories, Policies, Practices (4)

An examination of the impact of social diversity on schooling in Canada exploring contemporary issues and perspectives on diversity education as they relate to cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, economic, and gender differences. Prerequisite: 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Jacqueline Barreiro
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
EDB 7600, Burnaby
EDUC 438 - Education and Popular Culture (4)

What is the connection between popular culture and education? Using the concept of "societal curriculum," students will study the representation of socially constructed differences in movies, music videos, cartoons and toys produced for and/or consumed by youth to examine how these constructions reproduce or challenge existing norms and power relations in mainstream society. Prerequisite: 60 units.

EDUC 441 - Multicultural and Anti-racist Education (4)

Focuses on developing approaches for multicultural and anti-racist teaching. Topics include: diversity of race, language and culture among learners; identifying the operation of racism, prejudice and discrimination in classrooms and schools; becoming familiar with a variety of approaches such as: co-operative learning, culturally appropriate assessment, and community involvement to counteract and prevent negative classroom and school dynamics; identifying bias in curriculum resources; and locating entry points in selected curriculum areas (e.g. language arts, social studies, art, music, etc.) for integrating approaches which employ a range of multicultural/anti-racist curriculum resources. Prerequisite: EDUC 100, or EDUC 230, or EDUC 240, or EDUC 250, or EDUC 401/402 or Corequisite: EDUC 403.

EDUC 448 - Teaching about Justice, Law and Citizenship (4)

The justification and practise of law-related education in the K-12 curriculum are the subjects of this methodology course. Students will examine the place of law in the curriculum, existing resources and appropriate teaching strategies and will have the opportunity to develop unit plans and curriculum materials. Emphasis is on developing and implementing law-related programs in the classroom. Prerequisite: 60 units including six in education courses. Teaching experience is recommended.

EDUC 452 - Environmental Education (8)

Examines the educational problems entailed in developing human awareness and understanding of the environment. Explores environmental issues through a multi-disciplinary approach and relates historical and contemporary problems in human-environment interactions to school curricula from the elementary to the secondary level. Includes a laboratory component. Grading will be on a pass/fail basis. A field activity fee will be levied in this course. Normally offered in summer session only. Prerequisite: EDUC 401W/402W or corequisite EDUC 403. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check. Students with credit for EDUC 454 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

EDUC 454 - Quantitative Approaches to Environmental Education (4)

Integrating mathematical, scientific and socio-cultural methods and processes of learning across the curriculum and in teaching practice. Students will experience and apply approaches that are situated in the practices of environmental and social scientists through modelling, simulation and evaluation. Prerequisite: EDUC 401 and EDUC 402 or Corequisite: EDUC 403. Students who have completed EDUC 452 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative.

EDUC 467 - Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as an Additional Language (4)

Designed for prospective and beginning teachers to learn more about theory, research, and practice in teaching English as an additional language (EAL) in today's multilingual classrooms. Exploring an integrated approach working with learners to develop language skills through designing and delivering curriculum, instruction and assessment. Prerequisite: 60 units plus one of the following: six units of EDUC course work; or completion of EDUC 401/402; or admission to the Certificate in Teaching ESL program, or co-requisite EDUC 403.

Intercultural/International Experience

In addition to the requirements listed above, an academic intercultural and/or international experience is also required before students complete this minor. This post-secondary experience may be an intercultural experience within Canada, such as a practicum experience in a First Nations community, or outside of Canada. Examples include

  • SFU co-operative education placement in an intercultural/international setting
  • participation in an SFU international field school program
  • SFU international student exchange term outside of Canada or the United States
  • SFU PDP International Teacher Education Module (ITEM)

Experiences fulfilling the requirements of this minor will need to meet the following criteria.

  • successful completion of the program experience as indicated by an official document from the supervising institution
  • an experience with high participatory involvement
  • an experience completed within five years prior to enrolling in the minor, or five years after completing the course work for the minor

All applicants must receive prior approval by submitting a proposal to the director of undergraduate programs indicating the nature of their experience. After the experience has been completed, a written report must be submitted to the director including an analysis of their learning and experience, and a letter of support from a person involved in supervising the experience. The director of undergraduate programs will oversee the submission assessment that will be conducted by the cognate faculty members. A follow-up interview may be required.