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IM - Introductory/Intermediate

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Typically offered:

Upon occasion

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts related to educational equity and social justice.They will examine how power, privilege and oppression operate across and/or at the intersection of social identities grounded in the following topic areas: poverty and socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, (dis)ability, race as well as sexual orientation. To that end, students will engage in in-depth exploration of their social identities and check their own prejudice. Concurrently, they will practice skills that allow them to recognize and respond to identity-based biases within educational contexts and work towards creating and sustaining equitable and inclusive learning environments for all learners, but especially for those coming from the marginalized communities. Every week, students will read texts that introduce key concepts in one of the above-mentioned topic areas. They will also practice analyzing cases that depict scenarios of bias and inequity in education, using the Equity Literacy Framework. In addition to their peers, students will also engage in weekly conversations and discussions with guest speakers from diverse educational communities, such as K-12 schools, higher education institutions, educational community organizations, etc. Evaluation will be based on the following: an autoethnographic portfolio that consists of the artifacts each student produces throughout the term while exploring their own social identities as well as a reflection paper; a review of a book in one of the above-mentioned topic areas; and a final project where students work in groups to create digital resource guides that educators can use to address social justice issues with their learners.

Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Prerequisites: An introductory course in educational or social sciences recommended. Class limit: 12. Lab fee: $20.


An introductory course in educational or social sciences recommended.

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