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This subject will examine changing definitions and conceptualisations of literacy in the 21st century. 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;
- Critically engage with literacy curricula, policy and theory.
- Critical thinking and reasoning
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
- Active and participatory citizenship
Last updated: 10 February 2024