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Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code ENGL382
Subject Name Social Justice and Children's Literature
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 24cp at 200 level including 12cp ENGL
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence ENGL377
Assessment 1. Essay - Close reading essay 1200 words 20% 2. Essay - Pitch 250 words and The Conversation- style essay 1000 words 35% 3. Essay - Research essay 2500 words 45%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
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$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
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1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.
Availability Not Available in 2019

Subject Description
Literature for children is widely considered to serve a socialising function and therefore is understood as one of the means by which children learn how to be responsible and ethical individuals. While children's literature often supports dominant systems of beliefs, there is a body of texts that overtly challenge such dominant narratives. In this subject, we will analyse a number of contemporary texts for children that arguably position child readers to challenge the status quo and to act in socially-responsible ways. We will situate these texts in the context of larger cultural and political practices and discourses.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand theoretical debates and methodologies taking place within the field of Children’s Literature internationally
2. Engage in close-readings of texts for young people
3. Situate texts for young people in ideological contexts
4. Outline differences between texts for young people that support dominant systems of belief and those texts that challenge these beliefs

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