EDUC42780 Children's Literature

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module encourages a critical appreciation of Children’s Literature and is open to students from any discipline. We will read a broad range of children’s texts, from early-years picture books to young adult fiction. Exploring the moral and fantastical dimensions of children’s writing, we will consider specifically how texts from Victorian to contemporary times have constructed changing notions of the child and childhood. We will explore also how the pedagogy of P4C (“Philosophy for Children”) uses children’s books to introduce a range of philosophical and ethical topics. Towards the end of the module, students will have the opportunity to develop a creative presentation on an author or text of their choice.

Sample Texts:

"The Giving Tree", "Frog in Love", "Where the Wild Things Are", "The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish", "Coraline", "A Little Princess", "The Secret Garden", "Matilda", "The BFG", "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "Asking for It", "Northern Lights", "The Hunger Games".

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of a wide range of children's literature

2. Communicate how texts for children reflect contested constructions of childhood

3. Recommend appropriate books to young people, class groups and school libraries

4. Plan a number of classroom interventions and pedagogies (e.g. the incorporation of children’s stories into the teaching of philosophy, history or ethics)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active task based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: This module is assessed by presentation. At the end of the module, students will present for fifteen minutes on a Children’s Literature text or author of their choice. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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