ENG3120 - Children’s Literature

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to investigate writing for children as a subject of academic study and research. A chronological study of texts for children will be pursued, through which will develop the skills to identify dominant motifs and literary tradition of this literary category, and subsequently be able to understand the aims of Children’s literature and the role it plays in its society and culture. This module aims to consider the subject concentrating on writing from 19th century to the present. A special emphasis will be put on to the study of the relation of Children’s literature to that of the adult and the increasing popularity of this type of writing among the adult audience.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to discuss in an informed way, the diversity and richness of Children’s literature and identify the recurrent themes within it;

  2. be aware of the development of Children\'s Literature in terms of forms, modes and genres, and as a topic for academic literary study, within the larger historical and cultural traditions of writing for children;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify and address the specific interpretive and theoretical issues raised by the potential ‘dual’ audience (i.e., both children and adults) of Children’s literature;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained and informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and outside of literary study context.