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Children's Literature

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

This online unit in Children's Literature requires students to read a diverse range of texts written for children with a critical eye, including picture books, poetry and fiction, both novel and film.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Macquarie University, the 13-week unit can be studied as a single subject within a broader program of study. The historical and contemporary focus throughout the program uncovers a range of genres, including realism and fantasy books and film, for every stage of a child's development, from infant to adolescence. Key issues debated within the module include notions of genre, textuality, gender, and the socialisation of children.

Following completion of the unit, students should be able to critically engage with discourse surrounding the nature of literature for children, apply literary theory to the discussion of children's literature, and engage with interdisciplinary scholarship which considers the formative nature of children's texts.

Assessment for the unit consists of two essays (20% and 30%, respectively), participation in a class forum (10%), and a final exam (40%).



To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Approaches to English Literature

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Children's Literature unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The idea of children's literature
  • Picture books
  • Narrative forms and strategies
  • Intertextuality, adaptation and appropriation
  • Poetry for children
  • Realism
  • Contemporary fantasy
  • Children's film genres
  • Genre and gender in children's literature
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

This unit is ideal for students interested in English literature, English language, creative writing, education, children's development, sociology, or media studies. Once you have completed the unit, you will:

  • Have a broad understanding of different kinds of children's literature through the literary canon, as well as for different audiences - from pre-school to adulthood.
  • Be able to understand and apply a range of literary and sociological theories and concepts to the analysis of children's literature, including ideology, notions of childhood, gender, schema theory, narrative theory, metafiction, genre, and intertextuality.
  • Be able to confidently and eloquently discuss children's literature in a critical light, with a high level of visual and verbal literacy.
  • Be able to critically examine the place of children's literature with regards to social issues, subjectivity, and the socialisation and enculturation of children.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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