Master of Education in Society, Culture and Politics in Education (MEd)
The MA and MEd degree concentration in Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE) addresses the history of education, sociology of education, politics of education, philosophy of education, and cultural aspects of education.
We define education very broadly to include formal school contexts, as well as non-formal education and informal learning at all levels and life stages. The SCPE concentration examines the meaning and outcomes of critical theories of education, policies, and practices for public life in Canada and across the world. As scholars working within and across many disciplines, we view education as a central field within the arts, social sciences, and humanities.
Students and faculty associated with the SCPE concentration share interests in the part played by education in developing socially, ecologically, politically and culturally just societies.
The SCPE MEd is a 30-credit program that is primarily course based. The focus of the M.Ed. program is inquiry into educational practice, and students applying to this program should have an interest in connecting their coursework to educational practice. Examples of educational practice include (but are not limited to) K-12 teaching, community education, outdoor education, art education, educational practice as part of international development, and facilitation practice.
What makes the program unique?
Educational Studies does something that’s quite unique: it focuses on education as a political, social, and cultural phenomenon. We have a strong group of scholars from a variety of disciplines who broaden the aperture on what education means to, and in, different communities.
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Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$2,288.33||$3,645.93|
|Tuition per year||$6,864.99||$10,937.79|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$1,500.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$899.00 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,453.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
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Affiliated Faculty Members
Archibald, Jo-Ann (Indigenous knowledge and Aboriginal health, oral tradition and storytelling, Indigenous teacher education, Aboriginal education and studies)
De Oliveira Andreotti, Vanessa (Education for/about international development, Social accountability in local and global engagements, Global Citizenship Education)
Ellis, Jason (History of education, Education policy, Politics of education, Special education, Disability, History of childhood and youth, Urban and suburban history, Canadian history, American history, Educational administration)
Gleason, Mona (history of education, history of children and youth, critical youth studies, gender and sexuality)
Kelly, Deirdre (Children and youth, Gender studies, Media and democracy, Social justice, Sociology of Education)
Marker, Michael (First Nations’ education, First nations education)
Mazawi, Andre (Citizenship and democracy, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, Leadership and organizations, Research methodologies, Sociology of Education)
Roman, Leslie (Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education)
Ruitenberg, Claudia (Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, Medical Education, Philosophy of education, Queer studies, Social justice)
Stack, Michelle (media education for children, youth and educators, media and educational policy and politics, Children and youth, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, Leadership and organizations, Media and democracy, Policy, Social justice, ethnography)
Wright, Handel ((post)multiculturalism and multicultural education, cultural studies, youth studies, Critical Race Theory, identity, citizenship and belonging, Africana studies, postcolonialism and decolonization)