Graduate Certificate of Children's Literature

Course summary for local students


2015 course information

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Children's Literature

Offered at Cloud (Online)

Length1 year part time
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359

Course Director

Elizabeth Bullen, +61 3 924 43965,

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A562

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Children's Literature aims to provide you with specialist knowledge and skills in the field of children's literature.  You will become familiar with a broad range of texts, taking account of variations of genre, the historical and cultural contexts in which children's texts are produced, and the ideological frameworks in which they are located.  The course will introduce you to contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of children's texts, so beyond the span of the course itself you will be equipped to read texts in a more informed and theoretically grounded manner.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Children's Literature, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprising:

  • 2 credit points of compulsory core units; and
  • 2 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units below

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

Trimester 2

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

Trimester 1

ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary *

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

Trimester 2

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

* ALL701 was previously titled: Origins in Children's Literature


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