Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature

Postgraduate coursework

By undertaking Deakin's postgraduate course, the Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature, you'll explore iconic novels and films to interpret.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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. 

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Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

  • 1 credit points of compulsory core units;
  • 4 credit points of course electives from list A
  • 3 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), Master of Communication or Master of Creative Arts
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

6

Core units

2

Elective units

8

Total

Core unit

  • Foundations in Narrative Theory ALL743
  • Course Electives List A

    Complete four 1-credit point units chosen from the following course electives list A below:

  • Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary ALL701
  • Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches ALL702
  • The Picture Book: Reading and Writing ALL708
  • Writing Fiction for Young Adults ALL721
  • Texts for Young Adults ALL722
  • Students may choose to include the 5th unit listed above as one of the 3 electives

    Elective units

    3 credit points of electives chosen from the units offered in the specialisations of Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication or Master of Creative Arts

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A641
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


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    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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.  

    Communication

    Demonstrate advanced command of the critical and theoretical vocabularies and language required to interpret, argue and fluently and persuasively transmit ideas.

    Digital literacy

    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.

    Critical thinking

    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.

    Problem solving

    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.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reflective learning and initiative, autonomy, accountability and responsibility for learning outcomes. 

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to actively, collaboratively and ethically contribute to mutual learning goals in located and online environments. 

    Global citizenship

    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 November 2018

     

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