Category Archives: Bc Education

601 Graduate Symposium, Wed Oct 12, 1:00


Wednesday, October 12, 2016
1:00-4:00         Scarfe 1214

Chained to the Chariot: Bridging Ethics in Education

Guest Speaker: Dr. Samson Nashon


Bruce Moghtader
Ethics from Socrates and Foucault

Phuong Huynh
Morality in Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism

Kshamta Hunter
Ethics to Social Change

Lesley Liu
Ethics of Affinity Spaces


  1. Aoki, T. T. (2005). Imaginaries of “East and West”: Slippery curricular signifiers in education (1996). In W. Pinar & R. L. Irwin (Eds.), Curriculum in a new key: The collected works of Ted T. Aoki (pp. 313-320). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  2. Fornet-Betancourt, R., Becker, H., Gomez-Muller, A., & Gauthier, J. D. (1987). The ethics of care for the self as a practice of freedom: An interview with Michel Foucault on January 20, 1984. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 12, 112-131.

601 Graduate Symposium, Wed Oct 5, 1:00


Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:00-4:00         Scarfe 310

Lost in Queer
A Symposium on Queer Theory in Education: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Visual Art

Guest Speaker: Dr. William F. Pinar

Hector Gomez, Joanne Ursino, Kevin Day, Nicole Lee, Xinyan Fan


  1. King, T. L. (2016). Post-indentitarian and post-intersectional anxiety in the neoliberal corporate university. Feminist Formations, 27(3), 114-138.
  2. Luhman, S. (1998). Queering/queering pedagogy? Or, pedagogy is a pretty queer thing. In Pinar, W (Ed.). Queer theory in education (pp. 141-155). New York, NY: Routledge.
  3. Muñoz, J. (1995). The autoethnographic performance: Reading Richard Fung’s queer hybridity. Screen, 36(2), 83-99.
  4. Pinar, W. F. (2015). Queer theory. Unpublished Work.
  5. Popkewitz, T. S. (1997). The production of reason and power: Curriculum history and intellectual traditions. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 29(2), 131-164.


  1. Chang, D. (2016, Winter). Shout, shout let it all out. C Magazine, 128, 34–37.
  2. Kher, B. (2016). Matter. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Art Gallery. (Exhibit, July 9 – October, 10, 2016). Retrieved from:

Jo-ann Archibald to lead 601 seminar on TRC’s Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

For Wednesday’s EDCP 601 meeting (25 November), Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, Jo-ann Archibald, will join us to lead a seminar on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada‘s summary Report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future.

How do we respond to the Call to Action for Education for Reconciliation? The question for us is then how do we ethically, meaningfully and thoughtfully address this Call? The truths of Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future are extremely difficult and the Call extremely important.

Readings for the Seminar

  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future: Summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Ottawa, CA: Author.
  2. Democracy Now! (2015, June 30). “Cultural genocide:” Landmark report decries Canada’s forced schooling of indigenous children [Interview transcript]. Democracy Now!
  3. Fontaine v. Canada (Attorney General). (2014, January 14) Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 283.
  4. Marker, M. (2016). Borders and the borderless Coast Salish: Decolonising historiographies of Indigenous schooling. History of Education, 45, 1-23.

BC Ministry rolls out new curriculum #bced #UBCteachered #UBCeducation

Last Tuesday, 1 September, BC’s Ministry of Education rolled out its new curriculum (Phase 1). Of course, the curriculum raises more questions than answers but that’s ok. For us in EDCP 601, the big question is what does the ministry mean by “curriculum.”

Simply put, “Curriculum is the game plan for teaching – it maps out what teachers teach, and what students are expected to learn.” So we start here, most recent and perhaps most importantly: What is curriculum and why does it matter? In this press release, the Ministry does not mention pedagogy or instruction but does mention learning a handful of times and teaching or teachers many times over.

What is pedagogy? Learning? Teaching? Instruction? Does it matter?