Louai Rahal

Louai Rahal

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences
School of Public and Global Affairs



  • Ethics and Public Values
  • Planning for Change in Information Technology
  • Law, Ethics & Policy for Health & Human Services
  • Relational Leadership; Personnel Administration


  • Kantian Ethics
  • The Moral Limits of Markets
  • Globalization
  • Integration of Newcomers in Canada
  • Online Fraud
  • Distance and Online Education
  • Participatory Design


  • BS, American University of Beirut
  • MA, University of British Columbia MSc, University of Hertfordshire LL.M., University of Law
  • PhD, University of British Columbia

Academic Profile

Louai Rahal is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Global Affairs, he joins FDU after more than a decade of teaching in Canadian and American higher education institutions. A millennial who grew up in a global and digital world, he developed a strong interest in globalization and digital technologies since his early youth. After completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, he moved to Vancouver and completed a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Human Development, Learning, and Culture at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Louai is an enthusiast of online learning, and he has completed two Masters degrees via distance learning (one in Computer Science and one in Intellectual Property Law). His interdisciplinary background has allowed him to teach courses in multiple disciplines: He has taught Computer Science, Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Law.

Louai is currently pursuing two lines of research: one empirical and one philosophical. His empirical research focuses on digital technologies and their impact on society; he is currently conducting research on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and their impact on learners, he is also researching online rental scams and the coping experiences of victims of online rental scams. Louai’s philosophical research is mostly focused on ethics: He applies Kantian ethics to examine the moral limits of markets, ethical consumerism, and the relation between freedom, reason, and emotions.

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