Children's Literature

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

The postgraduate education unit in Children’s Literature, offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, is aimed at aspiring teachers and looks at the recurring themes and conventions from children’s literature throughout history.

The unit will help you identify the generic elements that have cropped up in children's literature over the years, enabling you to design specific learning experiences for children, based on the understanding of sub-genres in children's literature.

This unit is designed to help budding teachers learn how to guide and engage with young children in their early years of literary comprehension. It provides a different perspective on the genre of children's literature and how narratives from earlier eras can complement modern and contemporary stories.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must not have completed this unit or its academic equivalent, Children's Literature: Tools for Active Engagement in the Early Years

Areas of study

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

  • Context for children's literature – the old and the new
  • Generic convention, tropes and motifs: How they play out in contemporary narratives for the early years
  • Authors and illustrators' use of the five senses and multi-modal forms
  • Big ideas, themes and expressions of moral and ethical issues in young children's literature
  • Construction of character
  • Lyricism of language: rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and repetition
  • Working together to engage young children

Course pathways

Currently, this unit is not a requirement for any courses, but it may be eligible for credit. 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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit allows students to identify the tropes, motifs and issues that have developed and become evident in young children's literature over the years. This knowledge can then be applied through learning experiences, frameworks and guidelines that effectively engage children in the narrative construction process.

Based on what they have learnt from the unit, prospective teachers should be able to implement strategies that actively engage and stimulate children and help them to learn the literary conventions that work to construct narrative.

Finally, students will be able to make links to appropriate curricula and frameworks when looking at learning experiences for specific age groups.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Children’s Literature from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

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

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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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