Introduction to the Study of Higher Education

EDST 493 (3.0) Online – Course Outline

(formerly ADHE 493)


Students are expected to complete all modules, sub-modules and related activities. It is also expected that students will complete the relevant readings prior to the completion of each sub-module. Evaluation will be based on class assignments and participation.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


This online course is intended to provide an introduction to the study of higher education. The field of higher education focuses on the study of all facets of institutions of higher learning. That is, it is the study of the institutions of higher education and everything that happens within them and in relation to the larger society.

No previous knowledge of this topic is required.


This online course will be offered on Canvas –

1 An introduction to the study of higher education, including a brief history of higher education and an overview of Canadian systems of higher education
2 The structure and organization of higher education, including public, private and mixed goods, public/private, non-profit/for-profit higher education, elite higher education.
3 Access to higher education, including an examination of concepts central to participation and opportunities
4 Internationalization of higher education where we address topics such as student mobility, university rankings, and global competition


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

There is no textbook required.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to


Telephone: 604-822-2013, or toll-free in North America: 1-888-492-1122

Latest Revision on: October 25, 2018