Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature
Course summary for local students
2017 course information
|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature|
|Campus||This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode|
2 years part-time duration or equivalent.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||$19,344 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place|
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|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|Deakin course code||A641|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
The Graduate Diploma of Children’s Literature provides students with advanced skills in analysing literary works in Children’s Literature. It hones students’ ability to research, analyse and contextualise issues based on historical, political, cultural and social circumstances in literature for children and young adults.
The Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature aims to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills in the field of children's literature. It is designed so that students 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 provide an introduction to contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of children's texts, so beyond the span of the course, students will be equipped to read texts in a more informed and theoretically grounded manner.
Fees and charges
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold.
- If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
- If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.
In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
These courses are designed to provide training and qualifications in children's literature for graduates who wish to extend and develop their knowledge of the field of children's literature; teachers and librarians who are currently working in the area of children's literature in primary or secondary school settings, or who wish to specialise in children's literature; professionals working in fields associated with children's literature, such as publishing, retail and promotional activities; and primary and secondary teachers who wish to upgrade their qualifications.
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Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
|Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of a range of literary theories, concepts, and approaches, and advanced skills in applying them to writing for children and young adults.|
|Demonstrate advanced command of the critical and theoretical vocabularies and language required to interpret, argue and fluently and persuasively transmit ideas.|
Demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of research databases, bibliographic and digital communication technologies to research, produce and present scholarly work.
Show judgement and discrimination in the identification and selection of relevant and credible information sources and with regard for their ethical use.
Demonstrate advanced understanding of techniques to identify, critically analyse and evaluate the influence of narrative strategies, genre conventions and cultural assumptions on the content of children’s literature.Demonstrate advanced skills in the application of theory and research to the interrogation of children’s literature.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theoretical, historical and contemporary critical and analytical approaches to writing for children and young adults, and skill in applying them to the design and execution of solutions to a range of scholarly, aesthetic and/or ideological problems.
|Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reflective learning and initiative, autonomy, accountability and responsibility for learning outcomes.|
|Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to actively, collaboratively and ethically contribute to mutual learning goals in located and online environments.|
|Demonstrate ethical and cross-cultural knowledge of, and skills when engaging with, the diverse cultural, social and political contexts in which children’s literature is produced and consumed.|
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
- 6 credit points of compulsory core units;
- 2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication
|ALL701||Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary|
|ALL702||Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches|
|ALL708||The Picture Book: Reading and Writing|
|ALL721||Writing Fiction for Young Adults|
|ALL722||Texts for Young Adults|
|ALL743||Foundations in Narrative Theory|
Entry requirements - specific
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.