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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:
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
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.
In this Children's Literature unit, the topics you will study include:
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:
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.
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).Find out more about government study loans here.
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