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Reading the Screen HEN215



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 Reading the Screen
Unit code HEN215
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Doctor Naomi Milthorpe
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse selected films demonstrating knowledge of a. Their form and style b. Relevant cultural and historical contexts
  • Construct arguments supported by a. Evidence from your chosen texts b. Engagement with secondary sources
  • Communicate your ideas in the form of a. A shot-by-shot analysis b. An oral presentation c. A research essay
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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly lectures and audio/visual resources (1 hour); weekly tutorials (1.5 hours)

Off Campus:
Weekly lectures and audio/visual resources (1 hour); weekly online participation

AssessmentOral presentation (Pecha Kucha) (25%)|Shot-by-shot analysis (25%)|Research Essay (50%)
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