Children's literature



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.

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MJ-A000063 (major)

MN-A000063 (minor)


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

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  • To complete a Major sequence in Children's Literature select eight (8) credit points as outlined below; 
  • To complete a Minor sequence in 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:

  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Power Politics and Texts for Young People ALL154
  • Complete 3 units from the following:

  • The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire ALL228
  • Re-Imagining Literature for Young People ALL230
  • Fantasy Literature ALL255
  • Gender, Sex and Literature ALL256
  • Complete the following 1 unit from level 3:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People ALL326
  • Complete 2 units from the following:

  • Writing for Young People ALW352
  • Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics ALL375
  • Classics and Trash ALL376