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The Kids are All Right: Literature for 0-18 (11154.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage with ongoing debates about childhood - the way it is constructed, portrayed, and catered for in literature, and to critically consider the ways that children's literature - from picture books to contemporary digital narratives - must constantly negotiate a space that is fiercely contested by numerous cultural forces and interests. Through critical reading, close textual analysis, comparative analysis and contextual study, this unit will encourage students to experience and critically evaluate a wide range of works for children and young adults, while developing key literary analysis skills and introductory research methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the formal and aesthetic qualities of a range of works for children and young people;

2. Evaluate key critical and theoretical debates with the field of young people's literature studies; and

3. Plan and conduct a research inquiry into a current critical debate in children?s or young adult literature studies.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial on-campus per week.





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