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ENGL710 – Children's Literature: Concepts and Theories

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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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
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students to contemporary literary and cultural theories pertinent to reading and analysing texts produced for children. Students will develop their own research projects that address a key analytical aspect of children’s literature. Research topics include social and historical contexts for the production and reception of children's literature; constructions of childhood; semiotics of visual and verbal texts; critical approaches to children's texts; ideology and value; and classics, canons and postmodernity.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced or children
  2. Develop and expand the ability to apply literary and cultural concepts to the field of children's literary criticism
  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
Task 1 10% weekly
Task 2 40% 20/03/2017
Task 3 50% 14/06/17

Task 1

Due: weekly
Weighting: 10%

Active participation and contribution to online discussions


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced or children
  • Develop and expand the ability to apply literary and cultural concepts to the field of children's literary criticism
  • 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

Task 2

Due: 20/03/2017
Weighting: 40%

Write a 1500 word research essay on the Session 1 topic: Power and Subjectivity in Children's Literature. You must consult at least 4 additional secondary sources (other than those already listed in the Handbook).


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop and expand the ability to apply literary and cultural concepts to the field of children's literary criticism
  • 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

Task 3

Due: 14/06/17
Weighting: 50%

One major essay of 2500 words on one of the topics listed in the ENGL 710 Handbook.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop a coherent and advanced knowledge of the range and kinds of literature produced or children
  • Develop and expand the ability to apply literary and cultural concepts to the field of children's literary criticism
  • 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

The unit is delivered online via the LIT864/ENGL710 ilearn site. Set texts are available from the University Coop Bookshop. Other resources are available from E-Reserve in the Library.

Required Reading

  1. Culler, Jonathan, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
  2. Allan Baillie, A Taste of Cockroach
  3. Neil Gaiman, Coraline
  4. Margo Lanagan, White Time
  5. Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines
  6. Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing
  7. Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks, Fox

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Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Departmental Policies

Extensions and Penalties

If you have a legitimate reason for being unable to submit your work by the due date please contact the unit convenor before the due date. Formal requests for disruption to study need to be made via ask@mq.edu.au (appropriate documentation needs to be provided). A 2% per day penalty may otherwise apply. 

Word Length

Word lengths need to be adhered to. Papers which are 10% over or under the required word length may incur a penalty. 

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Student Enquiry Service

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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This graduate capability is supported by:

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This graduate capability is supported by:

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