Department of Educational Policy Studies

EDPS 415

Sexuality, Gender, and Culture in Education

Instructor: Dr. Kristopher Wells

Time: M/W 2:00 – 3:20 p.m.
Dates: January 8– April 13, 2018

Course Description: 

This course explores, in theory and practice, contemporary issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in K-12 schools. It draws upon critical scholarship to explore issues related to the construction and regulation of teacher and student identities, school leadership, bullying, violence, and discrimination. We further consider the implications of policy and other targeted educational interventions to help create welcoming, respectful and safe learning and teaching environments.


Community Service Learning (CSL) is an integral and required component of this course. CSL is a program at the University of Alberta that provides students with an opportunity to integrate classroom learning with volunteer placements in the Edmonton area.

**The CSL component for this course requires a minimum 20-hour commitment outside of scheduled class time. Typically, students are partnered with local GSAs in junior and senior high schools for their CSL placement experience.