The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify different genres of children's literature.

2. Discuss linguistic and literary properties common in literature written for children.

3. Evaluate the inter-relationship of text and illustrations.

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

5. Apply reading and critical analysis skills at an intermediate level.


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

Project: Podcast (30%) *

Essay: Final Essay (30%) *

Journal: 5 reading journal entries (40%) *

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

Contact hours

Callaghan

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Ourimbah

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online

Seminar

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks