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ALL350 - Children's literature around the world


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Offering information:

2020 is the final offering of this unit


Must have completed at least one Children’s Literature or Literary Studies unit at second year level 

Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


This unit explores the role of culture, language and nation in children’s literature in the context of a range of international forces and factors. Historical and contemporary children’s literature is subject to both culture-specific influences and the broader cultural, linguistic, economic and political dynamics driven by imperialism, globalisation and transnationalism. This unit examines how ideas travel through transnational children’s literature in regard to its circulation, commodification, translation, canonicity and ideology, and its implications for young people’s understanding of nation and identity in the global context. This is a capstone unit: students undertaking this unit will draw on knowledge and skills acquired in previous children’s literature units to complete a major or minor sequence.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of the key features of historical and contemporary literary texts from around the world in relation to the concepts and approaches of comparative literature, translation studies and colonial/post-colonial theory

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Produce persuasive, informed written work that draws upon a range of relevant digital and print sources and observes the conventions of academic writing, research and presentation

GLO2: Communication


Perform analysis to critically assess children's texts as cross-cultural phenomena, identifying key patterns, differences or similarities between texts and contexts

GLO4: Critical thinking


Work collaboratively to produce an analysis of children's literary texts and how they fit within a transnational framework

GLO7: Teamwork


Engage ethically with a range of children's texts from different cultures, and with understanding of how global forces impact on their production, circulation and reception

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL350 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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