Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit focuses on historical perspectives and theories in literacy, debates on best practices, and emerging theories of literacy to account for the shift towards a rapidly changing technological and culturally diverse world. It explores different theoretical ways to explain how we develop reading, writing, oral and visual literacies. National and international literacy policy is examined alongside these ideas in order to understand how policy environments influence the ways in which these theoretical perspectives are taken up and positioned in curriculum and schools.


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

  1. understand a range of theories related to becoming literate
  2. explore a range of theoretical models related to how we develop reading, writing, oral and visual literacies
  3. examine national and international policy initiatives on literacy from an historical perspective
  4. develop an understanding of the various theoretical debates surrounding literacy teaching and learning
  5. explore how the various policy initiatives and debates surrounding literacy have influenced the ways in which different theoretical ideas are positioned in curriculum and schools today.


Group oral presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Digital essay (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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