Creating A Syllabus


A syllabus is both a document about the course content, goals, and elements and a guide for students to the kind of teaching and learning they can expect in your class. This resource can help you create a well-structured syllabus that also invites students to take responsibility for their own learning.

How to Use this Resource

Below you will find a list of possible elements for your syllabus. We also provide examples from actual Stanford syllabi that illustrate the many ways in which these categories can be played out. As you will notice from the examples, how a syllabus addresses the various course elements varies greatly, not only among disciplines but also among instructors. The clearer and the more explicit your syllabus is, the easier it will be for your students to understand what the course is about and what is expected of them.

We have organized this syllabus template document as a series of questions that will guide you as you create your course. The questions are not meant as a “to-do list.” Rather, they are intended to serve as pointers and signposts as you develop your own syllabus.  Use our Syllabus Template to create your own syllabus.

Syllabus Elements

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