Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus block of classes)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ha Phan (First semester and second semester evening); Dr Miriam Faine (Second semester day)


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%.

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Contact hours

3 hours per week local students; (for Singapore students, please refer "Unit Schedule")