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 Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. fundamental linguistic and literary properties of literature written for children

2. the inter-relationship of text and illustration in 'picture books'

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

4. the role of fantasy and imagination in children's literature

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

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENGL3007. Students who have successfully completed ENGL3007 are not eligible to enrol in ENGL2011.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1 *

Essay: Essay 2 *

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:

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

Contact Hours

Seminar

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