Education (EDUC) 302

Educational Issues and Social Change II: Current Debates (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDUC 302 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course begins with an examination of the contending views and interests in contemporary public education. It explores the alternatives to mainstream public schooling and considers the problems of teaching in a pluralist society, particularly one based on concepts of multiculturalism and equality.


EDUC 302 is divided into the four units listed below.

  • Unit 1: Neo-conservative Restructuring in the 1980s and 1990s
  • Unit 2: Teachers and Social Change
  • Unit 3: Equality of Educational Opportunity
  • Unit 4: Multiculturalism, Culture and Identity in the Classroom


To receive credit for EDUC 302, you must complete four assignments, and receive a grade of at least 50 percent on each assignment. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assign 1 Assign 2 Assign 3 Assign 4 Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Wotherspoon, T. (2014). The sociology of education in Canada: Critical perspectives (4th ed.). Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Harrison, T. & Kachur, J. (Eds.) (1999). Contested classrooms: Education, globalization and democracy in Alberta. Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press and Parkland Institute.

Kelly, J. (1998). Under the gaze: Learning to be Black in White society. Halifax: Fernwood.

Other materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for EDUC 302 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, April 6, 2016

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services