Education (EDUC)

Course Descriptions

1000 Introduction to University Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: This course is open to students who are in their first year of university study and have completed no more than 15 (fifteen) credit hours.

The main objective of this course is to provide students with an academic roadmap for university. Through self-evaluation, discussions, field experiences, and traditional classroom exercises, students will develop an understanding of the culture of the university, so that they will be in a position to participate productively and effectively in their chosen field of study.

Note: Permission to register or remain in the course may be granted by the instructor in the case of international and-or transfer students based on an assessment of prior academic experience.


1101 Learning English as an International Language I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

The course is an introduction to the historical, social and cultural contexts leading to the emergence of International (or Global) English, including a study of the effects it has had on global, national and regional identities and cultures, and the learning of English. The academic study of International English is integrated with development of English language proficiency for non-native speakers.  The course is intended for speakers of English as a second or foreign language.

NOTE: Permission to register or remain in the course can be refused if the instructor judges that the student’s knowledge exceeds the level for the course.


1102 Learning English as an International Language II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  EGSL 1101, or permission of the instructor

The course is a continuation of EGSL 1101.  The academic study of International English is integrated with development of English language proficiency for non-native speakers.  It is not offered to students with advanced levels of competency in English.


1360 Autonomy and Education [PHIL 1360]
3 credit hours 

Students will examine autonomy as a concept, andevaluate its appropriateness as an educational goal. Students will be challenged to consider the role of education in their personal growth and development, as well as possibilities for their own agency in this development.

2201 Second Language Learning and Acquisition
Prerequisites: EDUC 1102, or permission of instructor

Students examine educational, social and cognitive dimensions of second language learning and acquisition or multilingualism, with a particular emphasis on adult learners.  Foundational principles as they apply to international student experience are included. The study of language learning processes is integrated with development of English language proficiency for non-native speakers, and is intended for those learning the English as an additional language.


2365 Philosophy of Education: Classic Texts [PHIL 2365]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

A critical examination of influential works in the history of educational thought. 


3301 Critical Perspectives on Standard English
Prerequisites: EDUC 2201, or permission of instructor 

This course is an introduction to issues arising from the educational practice of assessing non-native speakers’ communication in English against norms of Standard English. The focus is a critical examination of the global trend in language education toward English as a lingua franca (ELF). The study of language learning processes is integrated with the development of English language proficiency for non-native speakers, and is intended for those learning English as an additional language.


3307 Sociology of Education [SOCI 3306]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

A study of major sociological approaches (both conceptual and methodological) to education in different societies, with special emphasis on Canadian society.  The course will focus on topics such as relationship between family, education and society; education and inequality; the social organization of knowledge; education and social change; the politics of education.


3308 Origins of Modern Schooling
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

The course is an introduction to changing perspectives on the nature and purposes of schooling from Plato’s Academy to the 21st century world.  Students engage in considering and discussing important contemporary questions, policies, and practices in education.


3309 Innovations in North American Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  at least thirty (30) credit hours

Students are introduced to trends and issues in modern North American public schooling. They examine the rise of public schooling in Western societies, and the advent of the education state. Topics may include approaches to designing teaching and learning processes, the socialization of children, the impact of globalization and technology, and schooling of the future.


3365 Philosophical Foundations of Education [PHIL 3365]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

This course is an enquiry into the nature and aims of education.  Topics considered will include analyses of the concept of education, evaluation of contrasting views about what constitutes an ideal education, and implications of various theories of knowledge for methods of teaching and learning. Selections from historical and contemporary thinkers will be studied.


3826 – 3849 Special Topics in Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


3876 – 3899 Directed Study in Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


4456 Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

Intended for teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL), this course focuses on the curriculum and methods used in teaching English to non-native speakers both in Canada and abroad.  Focus is on analysis and evaluation of selected curricular approaches and pedagogical methods in foreign language teaching.


4457 Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EDUC 4456.

A continuation of EDUC 4456. Topics may include trends and issues in foreign language education, and critical examination of selected approaches, e.g. teaching for communication, content-based ESL/EFL.


4458 Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers: Theory and Practice
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200 or enrolment in graduate program.

This course, intended for teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language, is designed to provide a review of the syntactic structure of English, as well as ideas for how grammar can be integrated into the communicative language classroom.  Topics covered in the course include contrasting types of grammatical analysis; awareness of grammar functions; different approaches to the teaching of grammar; identification, analysis, and remediation of student errors; grammatical difficulties for ESL/EFL learners; selection and evaluation of commercial texts; and preparation of pedagogical materials for students in a variety of contexts and instructional settings.


4459 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: EDUC 4456.

This course consists of a series of professional seminars designed to examine issues related to contemporary English as a Second/Foreign Language pedagogy.  Topics include, but are not restricted to, needs analysis, lesson planning, classroom management, and classroom interaction.  Students will use a variety of methods, techniques, and strategies to promote second language acquisition, while, at the same time, encouraging reflective practice.  This course includes a twenty-five hour supervised practicum during the semester.


4461 Language, Culture, and Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

This course focuses on the personal aspects of intercultural communication - what happens when people from different cultures interact face-to-face.  Topics include foundational issues of culture and communication including culture shock, adjustment, re-entry shock, verbal and non-verbal communication, gender, race and class, children’s ethnic socialization, the status of families as cultural units, and multicultural and anti-racist education.  The course emphasizes the development of strategies for successful intercultural education. 


4473 Comparative Perspectives on Innovations in Education – Reforms [IDST 4473]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

This course will assess, compare and contrast variations and reforms to mainstream educational systems, and will emphasize the conditions out of which such reforms are initiated.  Special emphasis will be given to contrasting public systems of education with privatization initiatives, together with public/private partnerships and changes that affect access to education, gender and education, and so on. This course will draw on the considerable body of literature and concrete case studies throughout the world; however, considerable emphasis will be given to examples and case studies from the regions or sub-regions of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.


4474 Comparative Perspectives on Innovations in Education – Alternatives [IDST 4474]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

This course will seek to understand the material and social conditions, practical initiatives, rationale and outcomes of radical alternatives to mainstream education and mainstream educational reforms. Above and beyond in-depth discussions of perspectives on informal and non-formal educational systems, the works of Illich, Freire, and other educational radicals will be discussed, as will the concepts of intercultural bilingual education, social capital education, and other alternative conceptions of education. The course will provide a forum for the discussion and deeper understanding of the relation between the larger social, political and economic structure and the educational goals and objectives of radical education alternatives. Considerable emphasis will be given to examples and case studies from the regions or sub-regions of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.


4476 Education and Development I: Perspectives [IDST 4476]
4473 credit hours

Introduction to concepts and analysis underlying a comparative understanding of selected educational systems around the world. The course will emphasize comparisons between mainstream educational understandings in the developed world, the agenda of international education organizations, international educational funders, and the implementation of educational systems, both public and private. Specific reference will be made to access to education, curriculum and culture, gender and education, and similar issues with an emphasis on examples from the so-called developing world in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.


4477 Education and Development II: Policies and Practices [IDST 4477]
3 credit hours

A continuation of EDUC 4476. Examination and comparison of educational policies in selected countries or regions of the world with a view to assessing educational outcomes, education processes and the relation between education, the public sector, the private sector and international organizations, and the effect of such policies worldwide. Emphasis is on Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.


4518 Introduction to International Comparative Education: Perspectives [IDST 4518]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours

Introduction to concepts and analysis underlying a comparative understanding of selected educational systems around the world. The course will emphasize comparisons between mainstream educational understandings in the developed world, the agenda of international education organizations, international educational fundors, and the implementation of educational systems, both public and private.  Specific reference will be made to access to education, curriculum and culture, gender and education and similar issues with an emphasis on examples from the so-called developing world in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.


4528 Introduction to International Comparative Education: Policies [IDST 4528]
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours of University courses and EDUC 4518 or permission of Instructor

This course is a continuation of EDUC 4518. Examination and comparison of educational policies in selected countries or regions of the world with a view to assessing educational outcomes, educational processes and the relation between education, the public sector, the private sector and international organizations, and the effect these policies have had, or are having worldwide, with emphasis on the regions or sub-regions of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa.


4826 – 4849 Special Topics in Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor


4876 – 4899 Directed Study in Education
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: at least thirty (30) credit hours of University courses.

An independent study organized by a faculty member in consultation with a student.  It enables a student to pursue independent research in a specific theme in education.  Papers and/or examinations will be required.