ALL154 - Power and Politics in Children's Literature


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


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 1-hour class (online), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including:
1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Children's literature positions young readers to identify with characters who want certain things and who behave in specific ways that lead them to success. Never innocent of politics, narratives presented to children tell them about the world and their place within broader cultural institutions.This unit looks at the role children's texts play in inducting children into value systems to do with war and conflict, environmentalism, censorship,consumerism and more. Students will learn to interrogate the ideologies at play in picture books, novels and short stories for young people, and will analyse the extent to which children's texts express or contest the politics of our time.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: