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SEL3387 : The Child: Representations in Literature and Culture (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will introduce students to a range of discourses surrounding children and childhood, principally through the medium of texts written for or about children. Those texts may include fiction, poetry, drama or film. Illustrations, images, periodicals, manuscripts and other materials relevant to the study of the child across chronological time and/or geographical space may be used when and where key to the topic. Students may be asked to consider aspects such as the social and cultural contexts in which those texts are written, circulated and read, the ideas about children/childhood they communicate or contain, how the material qualities of the texts contribute to the creation of those ideas, and to study the key critical debates about childhood and children’s literature that inform current interpretations of these works.

At the end of this module you should be able to:
1. Understand how and why childhood is a site of extensive cultural and social interest
2. Interpret texts for children in a nuanced and critically appropriate way
3. Contextualise these texts within wider cultural, social and historical ideas about the child

Outline Of Syllabus

The core texts will be listed on the module's RLO.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading182:0082:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Methods are varied as is appropriate to the breadth and diversity of the module's content and intended learning outcomes. The lectures offer students wide- ranging overviews of children's literature and the critical concepts, discourses and methodologies appropriate to its study. The workshop-style seminars build on this foundation. They allow students to respond to the texts and ideas they have encountered in the lectures and their own independent reading, and to introduce ideas developed through preparatory work conducted in student-led study groups. The fieldtrip will introduce students to key local resources for the study of children's literature.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M401500 words
Essay2A602500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2Mresearch plan for the mid-module assignment (peer-reviewed)
Written exercise2APlan for the final essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The case study will allow students to use the unique range of resources available locally for the study of children’s literature (which they have been introduced to on fieldtrips) as the basis for their own mini-research project. This builds on the skills students have practiced at Stage 2 and requires a level of independence appropriate for final year honours students.

The summative essay will enable students to consider key themes from the module in more depth, with reference to a variety of material from the module. It will enable them to develop skills in researching a field, planning and organizing work, and establishing a critical position.

Reading Lists