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21st Century Literacies: Policy & Praxis (EDUC90684)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90684
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will examine changing definitions and conceptualisations of literacy in the 21st century, and map the development of literacy from the early years through to adulthood. Candidates will explore literacy as a social practice, and the ways in which literacy is embedded in the construction of disciplines in institutions. Both in and out of school literacy practices will be investigated. Candidates will be introduced to key sociological and philosophical theorists in the fields of language and literacy and will critically engage with contemporary literacy and English curricula, and literacy and language policies.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the range of phenomena and practices covered by the term “literacy”;
  • Understand the social nature and functions of language and literacy;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the construction of disciplines through language and literacy;
  • Map literacy development from birth to adulthood;
  • Critically engage with literacy curricula, policy and theory.

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
  • Active and participatory citizenship

Last updated: 11 November 2018