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.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
- Semester 1 - 2021
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.
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
20 units of English at 1000 level
Project: Podcast (30%) *
Essay: Final Essay (30%) *
Journal: 5 reading journal entries (40%) *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
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.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
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