Education (EDUC) 301

Educational Issues and Social Change I: Historical Social Perspectives (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study. Video component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None, however, students are expected to have university-level analytical and writing skills.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDUC 301 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed to introduce you to an analysis of the development of Canadian education that takes account of historical, social, cultural, and philosophical influences. The course will help you develop an understanding of the origins of the Canadian public education system and demonstrate the historical roots of many contemporary education debates.


EDUC 301 is divided into the three units listed below.

Unit 1: The Evolution of Public Schooling

Unit 2: How Common was the Common School?

Unit 3: Stability and Change: Traditional vs. Progressive Education?


To receive credit for EDUC 301, you must achieve at least 50 percent on each written assignment. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Total
30% 30% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


Axelrod, P. (1997). The promise of schooling: Education in Canada, 1800-1914. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, a student manual and a reading file and a DVD: Childhood Lost (2002), Filmwest, BC.

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 301 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (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 2, September 7, 2005.

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