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In this culminating English unit, you will further the work commenced in ESH110 in language, and the work in ESH210 on literacy, closely integrating this with a focus on the Literature Strand of the Australian Curriculum: English. The unit will involve critical studies of children’s literature, including traditional tales, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, poetry, biography and memoir, and culturally diverse literature. You will explore the role of literature in the socialisation of children, and will learn about the ways, beliefs, values and ideologies in literature shape children’s lives. You will investigate the choices authors and illustrators make to serve different purposes in different social, historical and cultural contexts. You will study classroom approaches to the teaching of Literature, such as: responding to literature, examining language features and devices, and creating multimodal narrative texts. You will learn to apply both theoretical and pedagogical knowledge by designing a literature-based unit of work.

Summary 2021

Unit name Critical Approaches To English
Unit code EPR310
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically examine theoretical concepts about children's literature.
  2. Analyse children's literature from a range of perspectives.
  3. Design critical and creative classroom experiences centred around literature.




EPR210 or ESH210 or ESH309


Teaching Pattern

Weekly Tutorial (1.5 hours)

Weekly Lecture (1 hour)


Task 1: Critical Investigation, 1500 words (40%)

Task 2: Critical Response Portfolio, 2500 words (60%)

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