Faculty of Arts

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 Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald

Quota applies

This unit has a strict quota of 20 students due to venue size limitation.


This unit focuses on the broader societal relevance of literary and cultural studies in addressing contemporary social challenges. We will examine the development and role of cultural literacy in confronting issues such as the mixing of formerly distinct cultures through increased mobility, migration and the internationalization of technology; economic shifts, global environmental threats and the fluid nature of political, social and religious conflict. Specifically we will work with the themes of cultural memory, migration and translation, electronic textuality and biopolitics, biosociality and the body.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of cultural literacy in responding to contemporary social challenges
  2. Demonstrate the added value that cultural literacy brings to a range of discipline areas.
  3. Develop a culture of open-mindedness and dialogue between different theoretical paradigms.
  4. Develop critical reading and analysis skills.
  5. Present the results of their research coherently and effectively, both in written and in oral forms
  6. Have the chance to submit mentored work for publication.
  7. Develop interpersonal and team-work skills both with their local peers and international partners.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.