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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will analyse factors affecting the emergence and development of fiction for young adults as a distinctive literature category. Students will also focus on recent trends in this field, including the development of a range of critical perspectives for interpreting themes, issues and responses to this literature by adults and adolescents. This is a discipline subject that focuses on students' personal knowledge and consideration of the field of Young Adult literature, rather than a curriculum one that explores how to work with students and texts. Thus personal awareness and appreciation of young adult literature as a social and aesthetic experience is the focus, rather than specific classroom teaching. Students will examine the relationship between a text, the social and literary context of its creation, and the perspectives that a reader may bring, to the making of meaning in that text. Through activities undertaken in tutorials, and assessment tasks of interactive review, academic essay and examination, a student's ability to analyse and reflect on texts and theories, and skill as a critical reader and as a constructive team member, will be developed.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDebra Edwards

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWeekly online learning activities and tutorial discussion. Students are also expected to keep up with the weekly reading of texts and own research

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites EDU2GCL, or approved by the subject co-ordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended






Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify the features that define Young Adult literature and distinguish it from both children's and adult literature.
02. Critique specific texts in terms of theoretical perspectives, social and historical contexts, and styles used by particular authors/illustrators.
03. Identify theoretical perspectives, social and historical contexts, and styles used by particular authors/illustrators in unfamiliar texts.

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