Courses & Units

The World of Children's Books HEN205


Are you an aspiring teacher, librarian, writer or publishing professional? Or are you just fascinated by writing for young people? This unit explores the diverse and challenging world of writing for children and young adults. Through a variety of genres—such as picture books, graphic and prose novels, and short stories—you will investigate how books for young people deal with the big themes of growing up and living in a changing and challenging world. This unit examines: different perspectives on the values and challenges of books for young people;· the distinctive logics and practices of creative writing for young people; and, current themes and debates in the study of children’s literature. Through weekly writing exercises and extended research and analytical projects, you will learn what it takes to publish, write, and critique works for young audiences.


Unit name The World of Children's Books
Unit code HEN205
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Emily Direen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Summarise the main trends, themes, concepts, and texts and contexts in the history of children’s and young adult’s literature
  • Evaluate the role children’s and young adult literature in education, children’s development, and culture generally
  • Demonstrate an ability to draft an effective piece of writing for a young audience
  • Develop and communicate ideas through collaboration, discussion with peers, and formal academic writing

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091523 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $1,906.00

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25 points at Introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

On campus:

Weekly lecture (1 hour) & tutorial (90 min.)

Off campus:

Weekly online lecture (1 hour) & online activities

AssessmentTutorial/online participation (10%)|Presentation and creative response (20%)|Weekly writing activities (20%)|Research essay (50%)
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