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ENGL706 – Young Adult Fiction

2017 – S1 Day

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Victoria Flanagan
W6A 627
By appointment - please email to arrange.
Lecturer
Kim Wilson
By appointment - please email to arrange.
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit examines some major themes and concerns associated with young adult fiction as a field of study: self-definition and subjectivity; exploring sexuality and writing the body; social power and social responsibility; representations of self and society; and relationships with dominant ideologies of twentieth century children's literature. Students will explore these themes through research that will give shape to their own individual projects.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  2. Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  3. Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  4. Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  5. Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  7. Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Class Participation 10% No weekly
Annotated Bibliography 40% No 22/03/17
Major Essay 50% No 07/06/17

Class Participation

Due: weekly
Weighting: 10%

Active participation and contribution to class discussions.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Annotated Bibliography

Due: 22/03/17
Weighting: 40%

This assessment task is a preparatory exercise for the final assignment. Please choose one of the final essay topics and then prepare an annotated bibliography on this topic.

Your bibliography must include at least 5 critical sources (books, journal articles, other sources). Please write approximately 300 words per source and do not include any of the set secondary readings.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Major Essay

Due: 07/06/17
Weighting: 50%

Please complete an essay on ONE of the topics listed in the Unit Handbook. Refer to at least two books from the set text list in your answer. You may choose to confine your discussion to books published in one country (for example, Australia, Britain or America) or a particular genre (for example, realism, fantasy, historical realism, etc.).


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Delivery and Resources

Internal students attend one two hour seminar per week. Online delivery for External students.

Required Reading:

Critical Texts:

  1. Roberta Seelinger Trites, Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature. University of Iowa Press (1998). ISBN: 087745857X
  2. Robyn McCallum, Ideologies of Identity in Adolescent Fiction. New York: Routledge, 2012. ISBN: 9781135581299

Primary Texts:

  1. M.T. Anderson, Feed, 2002, Candlewick Press. ISBN 0-7636-2259-1
  2. Judith Clarke, The Winds of Heaven, 2009, Allen and Unwin. 9781741757316
  3. Cory Doctorow, Little Brother (available for free download), 2010. ISBN: 9780765323118
  4. Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light, (also published as A Gathering Light) 2004, Harcourt
  5. John Green, Looking for Alaska, 2005, ISBN: 9780007523160
  6. Steven Herrick, By the River, 2004, Allen and Unwin. 9781741143577
  7. David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing, 2013. ISBN: 9780307931900
  8. Lauren Myracle, ttyl, 2005. ISBN: 978-0810987883
  9. Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go (Book 1 of the Chaos Walking Trilogy, 2008. ISBN: 978-0763676186
  10. Mariko Tamaki, Skim, 2010. ISBN: 9780888999641
  11. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, 2005, Pan MacMillan. 9780330423304

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship

Assessment tasks

  • Class Participation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship

Assessment tasks

  • Class Participation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Assessment tasks

  • Class Participation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Assessment tasks

  • Class Participation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Developed and further expanded understanding and ability to apply theoretical and conceptual language to textual and critical analysis of adolescent fiction
  • Synthesise and analyse information from a variety of sources and be aware of the various ways in which the literature can be understood within perspectives suggested by cultural theories, practices and ideologies
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Assessment tasks

  • Class Participation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced for adolescents
  • Articulate a clear and coherent argument in written form to a variety of audiences
  • Think critically and make informed judgements of the arguments of others to arrive and reasoned and meaningful arguments and apply new ideas to new contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and scholarship
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships

Assessment tasks

  • Class Participation
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Major Essay