Social, cultural and foundational studies


The Social and Cultural Foundations section of EDCI offers graduate programs leading to the MA, MEd, and PhD (in Educational Studies) degrees.

The core of these programs is Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological analysis of educational phenomena and problems as they are relevant to contemporary educational experiences, public conversations about political and social institutions, and areas of academic research interest.

This program is of special interest to persons who wish to study educational and social institutions and relationships from a single or multi- disciplinary perspective.  Research topics for proposed theses, projects, or dissertations may include any relevant combination of philosophical, historical, or sociological research perspectives.

Previous study in History, Philosophy, or Sociology is helpful, but not required, for study in this program, and applicants for both the Magisterial and Doctoral degrees are welcomed from all disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

Graduate Area Advisor

Program information may be obtained from the Graduate Area Advisor, Dr. Graham McDonough:

Telephone: (250) 721-7779
Fax: (250) 721-7598
Office: MacLaurin A556

Contact information

Fariba Ardestani
Graduate Program Secretary
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC, Victoria, BC Canada V8W 2Y2
Telephone: 250-721-7882
Fax: 250-721-7598

Admission requirements

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Program Structure

Course requirements (effective September 1, 2014):

  • EDCI 514 Educational Discourses (1.5)
  • EDCI 581 Research Methods in Education (1.5)

Electives (4.5) Approved by the academic supervisor

  • EDCI 599 Thesis (7.5)

Total: 15.0 units

Please contact the department regarding supervisor availability.

The MEd program provides students with the research skills and knowledge to work as master teachers, educational leaders, policy analysts, and consultants to government and other community agencies. It consists of 15.0 units, including a 3.0 unit project and a 1.5 unit comprehensive examination.

Total units in program: 15

ONE Research Methodology course (1.5) (to be selected by student and supervisor)
And TWO additional courses from the following list:

  • EDCI 520 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Philosophical Perspective (1.5)
  • EDCI 521 Contemporary Educational in Historical Perspective (1.5)
  • EDCI 522 Philosophy of Education Through Film and Media (1.5)
  • EDCI 523 Diverse Voices and Visions in Education (1.5)
  • EDCI 525 Planning for Effective Schools (1.5)


  • EDCI 597 Comprehensive Examination (1.5)
  • EDCI 598A Project Proposal and Literature Review (1.5)
  • EDCI 598B Project (1.5)

Electives (6.0)  Approved in consultation with student's supervisor

Course requirements (effective September 1, 2014):

  • EDCI 614 Discourses in Educational Studies (1.5)
  • EDCI 681 Advanced Research Design (1.5)
  • EDCI 693 Candidacy Examination (3.0)

Electives (3.0)

  • EDCI 699 PhD Dissertation (30)

Total: 39.0 units