Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit enables students to gain an understanding of the diversity of young people's cultural experiences and expressions. Young people's learning and social development does not occur in isolation. Young people grow up in families with cultural backgrounds and beliefs, and in communities and/or contexts that are diverse and have varying economic, social and cultural capital. The unit focuses on the competing and overlapping definitions of culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and identity. It explores young people's engagement with popular and traditional culture and the diverse ways in which different groups of young people live, and appropriate and negotiate their cultural expressions and identities. Programs and policies designed to promote social inclusion and equity among young people from diverse backgrounds are also examined.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand young people's varying social and cultural expressions and experiences
  2. identify ways in which young people live, experience and negotiate cultural expressions and experiences
  3. explore the intersections between identity formations and cultural expressions and experiences
  4. examine programs and policies designed to promote social inclusion and equity among young people from diverse backgrounds.


Essay (4000 words, 50%)
Research report (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study