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Exploring Children’s Literature ESM715

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.



This unit focuses on narrative theory and uses selected concepts from this field of theory to study children's literature. Drawing on both theoretical texts and works of fiction, you will consider and apply concepts such as character, focalisation, beginnings and endings, and experimental fiction, to children's fiction. A key focus will be how narrative theory can reveal the ideologies in texts, which play a significant role in the socialisation of children. You will analyse and interpret picture books, classical and canonical literature, contemporary literature, film adaptations of literature and literature considered radical. You will respond to core debates and current trends in childrens literature through the development of a critical response literary portfolio, which will include reflecting on and making links to your own teaching contexts.


Unit name Exploring Children’s Literature
Unit code ESM715
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Angela Thomas
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • critically examine theoretical concepts about children's literature
  • analyse children's literature from a range of perspectives
  • appraise literary concepts with respect to classroom contexts
  • create classroom experiences centred around literature
  • formulate and communicate ideas about children’s literature to a range of audiences
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