Summer 2019 - EDUC 341 D100

Literacy, Education and Culture (3)

Class Number: 5164

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    EDB 7608, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including three in EDUC courses.



Literacy has a far-reaching impact on the creation of knowledge, the organization of society, and the formation of institutions. This course explores leading policies, practices and ideologies guiding literacy education for adults, youth, and children in formal and informal education settings, in which traditional print literacy and digital literacy cultures intersect. This course is required for the certificate in literacy instruction. Breadth-Humanities.


This course supports current and future educators to incorporate a literacy lens into their educational practice, and to engage with current theories, policies, and practices shaping the field of literacy education. We will consider the histories and legacies of literacy, the shift from print to digital culture, and the implications of changing literacies for educational practice in early learning, school and communitybased learning settings. Through articles, case studies and project-based learning, we consider policies and programs that address the complexities of literacy learning in diverse settings. Students will become familiar with pedagogical practices to support literacy learning in formal and informal educational settings.


  • To examine personal literacy beliefs and practices through cultural and material lenses;
  • To explore theoretical perspectives on literacy and learning for children, adolescents and adults;
  • To become familiar with leading literacy education approaches and programs;
  • To understand the shifting nature of literacies in digital times and the role of literacy researchers and educators in leading these changes;
  • To demonstrate the capacity to present/use 'literacy lenses' and varied resources that promote literacy learning in educational settings.


  • Literacy Autobiography 30%
  • Article/chapter review and presentation 20%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Porfolio (final project) 40%


There is no final exam for this course.


Students can expect to read 2 articles/chapters per week and prepare weekly study questions/activities which will involve some group work and some individual work.



Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2012). Literacies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

We will read selected chapters from this text, which is available online from SFU library.
ISBN: 9781139196581

Additional assigned readings, videos, and other resources will be available on the Canvas course website.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.