EDUC 240 - Social Issues in Education

This course introduces students to a number of contemporary social issues in the field of education. In addition to reviewing the general social functions of schools, we will also focus on selected themes and issues, including: race/ethnicity, gender, class, and (dis)ability. Other topics may be explored depending on student interest and on legal and political developments at the time of delivery.

 

Credits:  3

 

Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)

 

Total Weeks:  15

 

Prerequisites: 

None

 

Non-Course Prerequisites: 

None

 

Co-Requisites: 
None

 

Course Content:
- Education in Canada
- Processes and social functions of schooling
- Culture and socialization
- Power and inequality
- Prejudice and discrimination
- Race/Ethnicity
- Sex/Gender
- Ability & Disability

 

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe important historical, social, economic and political factors that have influenced educational structure, policy and processes in Canada
- Explain how schools both reflect and reproduce culture through socialization and social reproduction
- Explain how educational policies and practices produce differential impacts according to class, race, gender, and ability
- Apply critical thinking skills to explore and evaluate contemporary issues and controversies in education

 

Grading System:  Letters

 

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

 

Percentage of Individual Work:  90

 

Percentage of Group Work:  10

 

Textbooks:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.