This unit of study introduces some issues concerned with the production, circulation and reading of texts written for children. Through examination and analysis of these texts, we consider some ways in which childhood in Australia is constructed. The intersections of gender, class, race and ethnicity are observed within these texts. Some recent and current debates within the field of 'children's literature' are examined.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Consolidate and synthesise an awareness of some current issues debated around the idea of 'children's literature' with particular emphasis on the Australian context;  
  2. Critically read a range of fiction designed for children with particular reference to genre, narrative and ideology;  
  3. Critically apply relevant literary theory; and  
  4. Show clear, coherent and independent development of writing and research skills.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical review of a children's text (800 words) 20%
Presentation In class presentation and written overview (800 words equivalent) 30%
Essay Research Essay (1400 words) 50%

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