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ENL2006 Literature and Adolescence: Writing the Child

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Literature&AdolescenceWriteChd
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Sharon Bickle

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course focuses on the notion of the child and the adolescent as they have been constructed in literature, and the ways in which literary narratives of youth in turn affect social and cultural understandings of the experience of growing up. It takes a literary approach to the study of a range of novels, films and shorter fiction, considering narrative modes, structures, and genres, particularly the Bildungsroman. This reinforces the literary skills established in earlier Literature courses. The course will have cross-disciplinary appeal for students studying in the School of Education, as well as covering texts and approaches relevant for students in the School of Arts and Communication.


The emerging popularity of Children's and Young Adult Literature as a field of study provides a critical and theoretical framework for this inquiry which begins with the Victorian romanticisation of childhood, the invention of the teenager in the twentieth century, and the more recent rise of Young Adult fiction which seeks to engage directly with a range of adolescent issues, while often ultimately containing the threat of adolescent rebellion. Students will be encouraged to consider the ideological implications of the adult interests vested in the production of texts for children and young adults. The course will open a space in which `classic' children's literature and `young adult' literature can be analysed in terms of their key literary features as well as the way narrative influences our understanding of the process of growing up.


On completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. an advanced academic and professional knowledge of the development of the main genres of children’s literature, and contemporary debates surrounding the field as well as recognising several narrative forms (literary, filmic, shorter fiction) and how these literary constructions affect cultural and social understandings of the child;
  2. effective discipline-based skills in identifying and interpreting theoretical concepts and approaches; evaluate and draw on appropriate secondary sources to consolidate and expand on core course knowledge;
  3. the application of skills related to Objectives 1 and 2 in the interpretation and understanding of literature and culture in both oral and written form;
  4. ethical research and enquiry skills by adhering to principles of academic integrity;
  5. utilisation of creative skills and processes in developing innovative approaches to identified critical issues;
  6. evidence of reflective practice by developing the final research essay directly based on feedback from earlier assessment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Writing for children; writing children 10.00
2. Children's literature: issues and approaches 15.00
3. Diversity and Young Adult Literature 25.00
4. Inventing adolescence 25.00
5. Posthuman childhoods 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Evans, A 2017, Ida, Echo Publishing, Chatswood.
Gaiman, N 2012, Coraline, 10th anniversary edn, Bloomsbury, London.
Reitman, J 2007, Juno.
(Film - available for view through EduTV.)
Rowling, JK 2014, Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, Bloomsbury, London.
Salinger, J D 2010, Catcher in the rye, Ishi Press International, Bronx, New York.
Thomas, A 2017, The Hate U Give, HarperCollins, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Murfin, R & Ray, SM 2017, The Bedford glossary of critical and literary terms, 4th edn, Bedford/St Martins, Boston.
Rudd, D 2010, The Routledge companion to children’s literature, Routledge, London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CLOSE READING ESSAY 100 20 02 Apr 2021 (see note 1)
RESEARCH PREP ACTIVITY 100 10 19 May 2021 (see note 2)
MOODLE QUIZ 100 20 28 May 2021
RESEARCH ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 100 40 02 Jun 2021
PARTICIPATION 100 10 04 Jun 2021 (see note 3)

  1. (1000 Words)
  2. Research Preparation Activity (500 Words)
  3. On-campus students are assessed based on class attendance and participation; online students are assessed based on forum participation. Participation includes advanced preparation (completing the set reading) and actively contributing to discussion.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Assignments should be typed and must be double spaced. The new MLA style must be used in documenting all assessment items. See Study Desk for details.

  3. Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner

Date printed 18 June 2021