ALL228 - The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sue Chen
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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), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

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


This unit introduces students to major historical literary movements such as Realism and Romanticism, through the lens of the Golden Age – a period in which representations of children and childhood reflected broader social and cultural changes from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Through interaction with historical texts and literature for child and adult readers alike, students will study how the writing of the Golden Age shaped ideas about nature, industrialisation, education, morality and citizenship, particularly in relation to young people.

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

Apply knowledge of literary history, literary modes, and cultural contexts to the analysis of literature for and about young people and their education

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Command a broad range of vocabulary of major literary critical and historical ideas and be able to argue clearly and in a well-structured way, in communication with a variety of audiences

GLO2: Communication


Practice a range of generic and bibliographic digital communication technologies and archives to conduct literary research and deliver scholarly reports. Design searches of digital archives for literary historical research and secondary research. Evaluate, organize and share material found in searches. Annotate and correctly reference literary and documentary texts from digital archives, including multimedia resources

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate the close reading, critical analysis and production of scholarly discourses with an application of the relevant historical research. Contextualize (and describe at a conceptual level) different positions on child nature, child-rearing, and education as they have evolved through history. Differentiate the book as both commodity and expressive or meaningful text, and critically assess the contribution of each aspect to culture

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and evaluate philosophical, historical, educational and contemporary approaches to conventions of literature for and about young people and their socialization. Evaluate the implications of digital archives for knowledge transmission, and the implications of historical change for attitudes to children's literature and education

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate autonomy, judgment and accountability for their own learning through thoughtful revision of assessed critical writing based on tutor feedback

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Test 600 words
or equivalent
15% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Essay 1400 words
or equivalent
35% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% 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 ALL228
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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