Children's Literature

Description

This course provides a representative survey of children's literature. Topics investigated will include the nature and social context of children's literature, the relationship between text and illustration, the presentation of social issues in writing for children, the role of imagination and fantasy, and the representation of Australian childhood.

Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2016

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise different genres of children's literature

2. Demonstrate understanding of different linguistic and literary properties of literature written for children

3. Demonstrate skills in interpreting the inter-relationship of text and illustrations

4. Recognise the presentation of cultural variation, human relationships and social tensions in children's literature

5. Demonstrate an understanding of themes in children's literature

6. Write an analytical essay

7. Develop reading and critical analysis skills

Content

The course will cover a range of topics relating to current children's literature, including:

  • Social and cognitive contexts of children's literature: fantasy and realism; constructions of the child; innocence and experience; censorship; entertainment and education
  • The role of illustrations in children's books
  • Themes in current children's literature: growing up in Australia; multicultural backgrounds; humour and imagination; human relationships; social issues
  • The idea of the classic
  • Engaging with Aboriginal knowledges in Australian children's literature

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay *

Essay: Final Essay *

Journal: 5 reading journal entries *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Journal: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and On-Line from Callaghan

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term