Children's Literature

Course code ENGL2011Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesOn successfully completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the range of current children's literature and to engage in informed discussion of:
- fundamental linguistic and literary properties of literature written for children
- the inter-relationship of text and illustration in 'picture books'
- the presentation of cultural variation, human relationships and social tensions in children's literature
- the role of fantasy and imagination in children's literature
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)ENGL 3007 Children's Literature
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed ENGL3007 Children's Literature are precluded from enrolment in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay of 1500 words = 30%
Essay of 2000 words = 40%
Journal5 reading journal entries @ 300 words each = 30%.
Other: (please specify)Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term