Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students investigate the development of literature for children from the traditional literatures of myth and legend, folk and fairy tales, through early publishing, to the emergence of genres of adventure, fantasy and realism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Beagley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites EDU2GCL


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects EDU1HCL

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDeconstructing the Hero: Literacy theory and children's literatureRecommendedHourihan, M. (1997)LONDON, NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsHappily Ever After: fairy tales, children and the cultureRecommendedZipes, J. (1997)NEW YORK: ROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognise archetypes, symbols, structures and motifs from traditional literature that are present in current children's and young adult literature

Students will choose a topic relevant to this subject, and research content and commentary about it. They will present that material in several formats, and according to a range of criteria, firstly as an annotated bibliography and then as a multi-page website.

02. Critique specific texts, including unfamiliar ones, in terms of theoretical perspectives, social and historical contexts, and styles used by particular authors or author/illustrators

Students will assess and critique the authority, reliability and usefulness of researched material and resources in relation to a relevant topic of their own choice, and according to a range of set criteria for selection and presentation. They will also consider texts and themes in response to formal examination questions.

03. Evaluate critically the derivative nature of stories and story-telling and identify retellings and revisions of traditional and 'classic' stories

Students will assess and critique themes and commentary, as it is presented through the subject's weekly program, and consider these in response to formal examination questions.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Beagley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Annotated bibliography (equivalent to a 1000-word essay)30 01, 02
Set of webpages, with research notes (equivalent to a 1500 word essay)30 02
LMS Reflection Response Tasks (4 reflection tasks posted as quizzes on LMS)40 02, 03