ALL153 - Literature for Children and Young Adults

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Trimester 3: Online

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Lenise Prater
Trimester 3: Jo Langdon
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour class (online) per week 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Children learn about themselves and others from their families, their educational settings and from texts – the books, films and other media – they consume. Our focus in this unit is on how children’s texts position their readers, paying attention to the narrative strategies they use and the ideologies they promote. The unit provides an overview of children’s literature, its origins and its place within children’s culture and socialising practices. It engages with a wide range of genres and texts (picture book, novel, and screen) from a variety of cultural traditions. This first year unit introduces students to key concepts essential to the analysis of children’s texts.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of narrative, visual and screen theory and genre, and the broader research relating to the study of children’s texts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Construct clear, logically-structured, grammatically correct written work, which observes the academic conventions of accurate citation and referencing of secondary sources

GLO2: Communication


Locate and access e-readings available on CloudDeakin, and locate show judgement in the location and selection of appropriate scholarly material via the library and web, and use these materials in assessments as instructed

GLO3: Digital literacy


Perform close textual analysis of prose, visual and screen texts, using evidence from the primary text and secondary research to support interpretation

GLO4: Critical thinking


Work independently and take personal responsibility for meeting assignment deadlines or in compliance with Faculty rules applying to extensions

GLO6: Self-management


Think ethically about the various social and cultural contexts in which children's texts are produced and consumed

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay  1400 words
or equivalent
35% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Essay 1400 words
or equivalent
35% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Quiz 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALL153
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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