Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedPrato Term 1 2014 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald


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.


Written work 85%
Oral presentation: 15%

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Workload requirements

20 contact hours in total