Bachelor of Arts

English - Childrens Literature

Unit Set Code

MJ-A000063 (major)

MN-A000063 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online) 


Deakin is a world leader in children’s and young people’s literature and has developed a full major in the Bachelor of Arts in this growing field. Discover major trends in children’s texts across a range of media, and how stories for young people reflect and challenge the values of their time. This study area caters to students who are interested in children’s literature as a prominent domain of literary production and is of particular relevance to those who intend to work with children and young people as primary or secondary teachers and librarians, and those who wish to produce texts for young people.


  • To complete a Major sequence in English - Children's Literature select eight (8) credit points as outlined below; 
  • To complete a Minor sequence in English - Children's Literature select any four (4) units from below, including no more than two (2) credit points at level 3.  It is highly recommended that students undertake level 1 units as part of their minor sequence.

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ALL154Power and Politics in Children's Literature

Complete 3 units from the following:

ALL228The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire

ALL230Adapting Children's Texts Across Media

ALL255Fantasy Literature

ALL256Gender, Sex and Literature

Complete the following 1 unit from level 3:

ALL326Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People

Complete 2 units from the following:

ALL375Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics

ALL376Classics and Trash

ALW352Writing for Young People