ENG10020 Children's Literature

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will explore a range of children’s literature by an eclectic set of writers from different cultural and historical contexts, surveying the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through a series of lectures, students will read a variety of different texts. By the end of the course, through close reading and analysis, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of major children’s authors, identify different categories of children’s literature, and illustrate an understanding of how these works reflect key social, political and cultural issues.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module the students will; have a knowledge of a range of children’s literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, be familiar with key concepts explored within the texts, and be able to write critically on children’s literature, identify them in the context of their cultural and historical contexts, demonstrate a critical understanding of children's literature as a literary genre, examine children's literature in the context of traditional forms of literature, and write a scholarly essay.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will explore a range of children’s literature by an eclectic set of writers from different cultural and historical contexts, surveying the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through a series of lectures, students will read a variety of different texts. By the end of the course, through close reading and analysis, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of major children’s authors, identify different categories of children’s literature, and illustrate an understanding of how these works reflect key social, political and cultural issues.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

36

Autonomous Student Learning

52

Lectures

12

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Key teaching approaches; interactive lectures, the first part of the lecture series concentrates on the nineteenth century texts, exploring some key concepts, culminating in the mid-term essay. The second part of the lecture series concentrates on the twentieth century texts, unpacking the key concepts further, leading towards the final exam, which solely concentrates on this part of the course. There will be some interactive elements through Brightspace, but the main approach to teaching for this module is through dynamic lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Equivalents:
Children's Literature (ENG1001E)


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of term exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded Yes

60

Assignment: Mid-semester essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes

40


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be delivered individually to students through designated feedback hours post mid-term essay.

List of primary reading for 2020-2021
PROVISIONAL
Subject to change

Alcott, Louisa May, Little Women (1868)
Andersen, Hans Christian, Fairy Tales (1843 – 1870)
Barrie, J.M., Peter and Wendy (1911)
Baum, Frank The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Blume, Judy, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970)
Dumas, Alexandre, The Three Musketeers (1844)
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)
Jansson, Tove, Finn Family Moomintroll (1948)
Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Lewis, C.S., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter (1997)
Wilde, Oscar, The Happy Prince and other Tales (1888)

Secondary reading

Aries, Philippe, Centuries of Childhood (1962)
Lerer, Seth, Children’s Literature, A Reader (2008)
Name Role
Ms Pauline Slattery Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 16:00 - 16:50
Autumn
     
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 16:00 - 16:50
Spring