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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

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Individual oral presentation (10-15 minutes; 1000 words equivalent) due early semester (20%)
  • Reflection on presentation (including feedback) (1000 words) due mid-semester (20%)
  • Assignment (3000 words) due end of semester (60%)

Hurdle Requirements:

  • Online feedback on one presentation ( 200-400 words) due early semester (hurdle task)
  • This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all scheduled tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • February
    CoordinatorJoseph Lo Bianco
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours (17 hours on campus; 7 hours online)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 9 February 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre-teaching period students will be required to access materials on the LMS.
    Teaching period16 February 2019 to 16 March 2019
    Last self-enrol date11 February 2019
    Census date22 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 March 2019
    Assessment period ends12 April 2019

    February contact information

    Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco: j.lobianco@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

During the pre-teaching period, students are required to access materials on the LMS.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A collection of readings will be available online via the LMS.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 15 August 2019