Unit description

Provides an understanding of contemporary approaches to the study of children's literature, including the tools of visual literacy and critical literacy. These insights are applied to current Australian children's literature and to its most effective use in the classroom.

Unit content

  • An introduction to children's literature 
  • The language of children's literature 
  • Visual literacy 
  • Critical literacy 
  • Selecting texts
  • Curriculum connections
  • A history of children's books
  • The development of Australian children's literature
  • Literary genres
  • Information books

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • One work selected from the CBC 2014 Shortlist: http://cbca.org.au/ShortList-2014.htm: ., ..
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (5 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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