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EDSU104 Children's Literature: Origins and Issues

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A survey of selected children’s literature texts, focusing on issues related to contemporary discourse. Aims to assist students in developing the skills of literary criticism, with an emphasis on breadth of reading and critical analysis.

As the title indicates, this paper is a survey course that is designed to excite your interest in the multimedia field that is children's literature. From a consideration of the origins of the genre through to exploration of contemporary texts, you will be challenged and stimulated by the comprehensive coverage the paper offers.

Paper title Children's Literature: Origins and Issues
Paper code EDSU104
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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EDSU 194
This paper would be suitable as an elective for students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree. Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) would find that the paper has useful connections to other Humanities papers, such as Gender and Media Studies, Sociology and English.
Teaching staff
To be confirmed.
Paper Structure
This paper's structure offers an introduction to a range of selected children's literature texts from classics to contemporary. It focuses on issues related to discourse analysis and aims to help students develop the skills of literary criticism through interrogation of print and digital texts. Main topics include:
  • Analysis of the production of literature for children in a sociocultural context
  • Mythology and archetypes
  • Gender, race and class in children's literature
  • Art and text
  • Humour
  • Notions of quality in book selection

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Students are expected to source the weekly readings through the Robertson library's eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To apply knowledge of critical analysis to a wide range of children's literature
  • Evaluate research in selected areas of children's literature
  • Identify sociocultural contexts and issues
  • Examine how picture book art and written text combine to construct meaning

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system