|Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield|
|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
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- ethical research and enquiry skills by adhering to principles of academic integrity;
- utilisation of creative skills and processes in developing innovative approaches to identified critical issues;
- evidence of reflective practice by developing the final research essay directly based on feedback from earlier assessment.
|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|
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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=ENL2006)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(Film - available for view through EduTV.)
Student workload expectations
|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)|
- (1000 Words)
- Research Preparation Activity (500 Words)
- 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
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.
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.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
There is no examination for this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
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.
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.
Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner