Module Details

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Code ENGL373
Coordinator Dr E Miskimmin
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To explore the critical study of children's literature in a literary academic context; to consider the variety of types of writing for children, the aims of children's literature, dominant motifs and the question of a tradition, concentrating on writing from the "golden age" of children's literature (late C19th); and to explore the relation of such material to adult literature and the popularity of writing for children among an adult audience.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to discuss in an informed way, the breadth of Children's Literature and recurrent themes within it.

(LO2) Awareness of the development of Children's Literature as a topic for academic literary study.

(LO3) An informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis



Topics to be covered include:
Literature for children? Texts written for adults but given to children. Example: A Christmas Carol (Dickens) and Goblin Market (Christina Rossetti).
The Child protagonist: Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Carroll); Kim (Kipling); and The Water Babies (Kingsley).
Coming of Age narratives: Peter Pan (Barrie); Little Women (Alcott); and The Secret Garden (Hodgson Burnett).
Poetry: A Garden of Verses (R. L. Stevenson); Selections from Edward Lear; and A. A. Milne; Roald Dahl.
Real life and imaginary worlds: The Wind in the Willows (Grahame); The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis); and The Owl Service (Garner).
Written for children, read by adults: J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman and all.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught by 1 x weekly 1-hour tutorial with small group (F2F or can be online, as can be accomodated), and 1 x weekly 1-hour remote online workshops with the whole cohort.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     12


Timetable (if known)     60 mins X 1 totaling 12
    60 mins X 1 totaling 12
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Not scheduled by SAS, 48 hours duration, re-sit opportunity, anonymous.  1300-1500 words    67       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): Semester 2  1500-2000 words    33       
Coursework outline for summative essay.           

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