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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Singapore Term 4 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ha Phan (on-campus); Dr Miriam Faine (on-campus & Off-shore, T4 Singapore)


This unit aims to explore the ways that language, society and cultural difference relate to each other and why it matters to educators working in schools, universities, technical colleges, other relevant workplaces and having policy roles around the world. It covers concepts of language, culture, identity, and difference; English language education in local and global contexts and the political and social implications of the globalisation of English; policies and practices relating to immigration and cultural difference in multiple contexts; the ways historical, political and policy contexts shape and are shaped by language and literacy practices; literacy and social and cultural difference in school, higher education and workplace education.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have:

  • developed an understanding of language as social, cultural and political practice;
  • developed an understanding of the social, historical and political contexts in which language is shaped in contemporary Australian society and the implications for education and training in a range of learning environments including primary, secondary and higher education, workplaces and community settings.
  • Explored how these understandings are relevant for themselves as educators both in Australia and overseas.


Essay (literature review) (3,200 words equivalent): 40%
Research essay (4,800 words equivalent): 60%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Miriam Faine

Contact hours

3 hours per week