Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course focuses on popular, speculative, and realist young adult (YA) literature and other YA texts that engage with and shift dominant narratives of the world. In particular, we will examine how human relationships with their environment are storied in YA genres. Students will consider how positive and negative images of societies are constructed in the literature, and will examine representations of power and authority and rebellion against these. Students will learn how to identify, engage with, and contribute to contemporary discussions about subjectivity, agency and authority.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and explain literary movements in the representation of YA voices;

2. Analyse in both formal and informal academic writing, different representations of YA literature;

3. Evaluate a range of theoretical issues relating to YA texts;

4. Interpret the relationships between different historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts in YA literature, including Aboriginal ways of knowing;

5. Synthesise YA scholarship to create and apply literary approaches to YA literature.


Through reading and examining different forms of young adult texts, students will engage with national and global concerns about the environment, feminism, depictions of heroism, and questions regarding power and repression. The course will include examples of stories from young adult genres drawing on mythical and historical as well as contemporary sources.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English and Writing courses at 1000 level

Assessment items

Journal: Journals (40%)

Presentation: Presentation - Podcast (15%)

Written Assignment: Reflection (15%)

Essay: Analytic essay (30%)

Contact hours



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



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.