Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations in Education Specialization

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Department of Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology (EAFP)

The MEd Program in Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations in Education focuses on the philosophical and social factors that influence teaching and learning in schools. Faculty members have studied in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United States and the United Kingdom. The program focuses on understanding both the assumptions and the evidence that supports the great variety of educational programs in these and other countries. The research by faculty members has been directed at understanding and contributing to the on-going debates about educational policies and practices.

The courses in the program are based on the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, and sociology. As such, graduate students may focus on:

  • Aboriginal Education
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Educational Sociology
  • Intercultural and International Education
  • Policies and Practices in Education

There are two routes that students can take in order to complete a MEd in Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations. They include:

Thesis-Based Route
Course-Based Route

Thesis-Based Route

18 credit hours plus thesis

Courses prepare the student to design and implement a research project that leads to the thesis. For the thesis, students will select a research question, gather and interpret data, present the investigation and its results as a written document with the program advisor’s support. An oral defense of the thesis culminates the program.

Coursework and Thesis

 

  • Core Courses (6 credit hours)
    EDUA 7200 Philosophy of Education (3)
    EDUA 7210 Educational Sociology (3)
    EDUA 7270 Seminar in Cross Cultural Education 1 (3)

 

  • Research Courses (6 credit hours)
    EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

    Plus an additional 3 credit hours of research methodology at the 7000 level in the Faculty of Education or at the 3000 level or above in other Faculties.

 

  • Concentration (6 credit hours)
    The thesis is the focus of the concentration. In addition, students will select 6 credit hours at the 7000 level from:
    EDUA 7230 Social Criticism in Education
    EDUA 7240 Values in Education
    EDUA 7250 Comparative Education
    EDUA 7270 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 1
    EDUA 7280 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 2
    EDUA 7300 History of Canadian Education from 1867
    EDUA 7340 Seminar in Educational Thought

 

or other courses selected from the Department of CTL, U of M Faculty of Arts, or other universities--and approved by the program advisor and department head.

 

  • Thesis

 

  • Course Level Restrictions
    12 credit hours must be at the 7000 level, the remaining 6 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in other faculties.


Course-Based Route

30 credit hours plus comprehensive examination

The students and the program advisor select courses that lead to mastery within Social Foundations and the concentration. As the course component is completed, the student, with the program advisor’s support, prepares a document that demonstrates comprehensive mastery. The document can be a final examination or project, which may culminate with an oral defense of the document.

Coursework and Comprehensive Option

  • Core Courses (9 credit hours)
    EDUA 7200 Philosophy of Education (3)
    EDUA 7210 Educational Sociology (3)
    EDUA 7270 Seminar in Cross Cultural Education 1 (3)
  • Research Courses (3 credit hours)
    EDUA 5800 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  • Concentration (18 credit hours)
    Students will select 18 credit hours, with a minimum of 9 credit hours at the 7000 level from:
    EDUA 7230 Social Criticism in Education
    EDUA 7240 Values in Education
    EDUA 7250 Comparative Education
    EDUA 7280 Seminar in Cross-Cultural Education 2
    EDUA 7300 History of Canadian Education from 1867
    EDUA 7340 Seminar in Educational Thought
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Course Level Restrictions
    18 credit hours must be at the 7000 level, the remaining 12 credit hours may be at the 5000 level or above in the Faculty of Education and/or at the 3000 level or above in others faculties.

 

Admission Deadlines and Document Requirements:

First things first: Below is a complete list of documents for application to the Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations specialization (EAFP).

Education Graduate Program Advisors (Faculty Members)

Laara Fitznor
Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations
Research Interests: Aboriginal Education; Access and Equity Issues in Education; Cross-Cultural Education
Contact:
(204) 474-7158
fitznorl@ms.umanitoba.ca


David Mandzuk
Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations
Research Interests: Action Research; Middle Years Education; Sociology in Education
Contact:
(204) 474-9001
Dean_Education@umanitoba.ca


Nathalie Piquemal
Cross-cultural, Sociological, and Philosophical Foundations
Research Interests: Aboriginal and Intercultural Education; International Education; Research Ethics
Contact:
(204) 474-7032
piquemal@ms.umanitoba.ca