ALL154 - Critical Issues in Children's Literature

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Paul Venzo
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ALL254
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

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

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

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


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


Children's literature positions young readers to identify with characters who want certain things and who behave in specific ways that lead them to success. Never innocent of politics, narratives presented to children tell them about the world and their place within broader cultural institutions.This unit looks at the role children's texts play in inducting children into value systems to do with war and conflict, environmentalism, censorship,consumerism and more. Students will learn to interrogate the ideologies at play in picture books, novels and short stories for young people, and will analyse the extent to which children's texts express or contest the critical issues of our time.

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

Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of ideology, politics, knowledge and power, 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, cogent, relevant, and grammatically correct written work that employs discipline-specific language and which observes the academic conventions of accurate citation and referencing of secondary sources

GLO2: Communication


Perform textual analysis across relevant forms and genres, drawing evidence from the set texts and using secondary source material to support interpretation

GLO4: Critical thinking


Work independently and take personal responsibility for meeting assessment deadlines, in compliance with Faculty rules applying to extensions, as well as working to improve outcomes through the use of feedback on prior unit assessment

GLO5: Problem solving


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

GLO8: Global citizenship


Discuss and debate critical responses to politics and ideology in children’s literature with teachers and student peers and use this dialogue to inform individual written assessment

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Quiz 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Class exercises 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% 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 ALL154
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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