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In this online unit In Contemporary Australian Children's Literature, students are encouraged to consider the way that changes in culture and society influence the publication of children's reading material. Emphasis is placed upon literature published within the last 20 years, with children's television, drama and film also being discussed.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, students will be asked to consider gender representation in Australian children's literature, with particular focus on how gender representations in television, drama, film, and literature are changing in accordance with shifting gender roles and expectations.
Students will practise using theoretical approaches to common themes in children's literature, such as alienation, through textual analysis. Critical thinking and analysis of texts will be encouraged throughout the unit.
Successful students will complete the program with a thorough understanding of literary analysis, along with a knowledge of the conceptual language required to express and discuss such analyses.
To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:
And one of the following units:
This unit is an elective option 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 literature unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit enables students to develop a range of transferable skills, with particular emphasis on analytical thinking and effective written communication skills. Students will gain an understanding of the way culture and society is reflected in art, with a focus on children's literature.Students' understanding of the unit content will be assessed in a range of ways, including an essay, online discussion, a learning task, and a seminar paper, and will demonstrate not only their understanding of the learning material, but also their ability to use appropriate language to express their ideas.
Successful students will complete the unit with knowledge of theories of genre, and will have examined the most prominent genres within contemporary Australian children's literature. Textual analysis will play a key role in the course, with students being required to consider a range of themes and literary elements. Gender roles and representation will be discussed at length, with a section of the unit dedicated to 're-gendering' Australian texts. Notions of high culture and popular culture will also be discussed with regard to adolescence, as will the extent to which literature is produced with the aim of intervening in social constructs.
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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