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Understanding Literacy - Social Justice and Inclusive Practice

The Open University UK

13 months
3475 GBP/year
2250 GBP/year
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This Understanding Literacy - Social Justice and Inclusive Practice module from The Open University UK examines our understanding of inclusive practice within the context of the global goal of literacy-for-all.


Through the lens of literacy this module explores how learner agency is viewed and can be enabled. By examining predominant approaches to issues of social justice and learning (individualist, social constructionist and socioculturalist), it offers access to a broad range of issues associated with literacy, reflecting back on students’ understanding of wider issues relevant to a range of inclusive practices, learners and learning contexts.

This Understanding Literacy - Social Justice and Inclusive Practice module from The Open University UK not only provides insight into the key debates associated with literacy and inclusive practice, it also explores the dominant functional and critical responses to literacy as well as to teaching and assessment more widely. It provides students with tools to examine and research their own practice and conceptualisations, so they are better able to understand what it is to be literate and how they can support the learners with whom they work.

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email and tutorials. Tutorials are offered via online meeting rooms and support is also facilitated asynchronously in tutor group forums.

Programme Structure

What you will study

  • Section 1: Problematising literacy for all
  • Section 2: Practice and Assessment: a technical or social construction?
  • Section 3: Problematising inclusive practice: technical or socially based literacy approaches?
  • Section 4:  Rethinking literacy difficulties
  • Section 5: Researching inclusive practice
  • Section 6: Investigating your own practice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 13 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We’ve designed this Stage 2 module to follow the Stage 1 module Addressing inequality and difference in educational practice (EE814). You must have passed this or another Stage 1 module from the Masters in Education (F70).

  • You should be prepared for study at postgraduate level and have the minimum of a bachelors degree (in any subject) from a UK University or an equivalent professional qualification. We warmly welcome applications from students who have an undergraduate degree level qualification from universities outside the UK and which is deemed equivalent to a UK higher education degree.

Tuition Fee

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    3475 GBP/year
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  • National

    2250 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2250 GBP per year during 13 months.


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