Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

British Children's Literature ENGLIT4092

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines literature produced by British writers for children from 1850 to the present. It ranges across genres, from fantasy to school stories, and forms, from poetry to fiction and picture books.

Timetable

1 x 1hr lecture per week over ten weeks and 7 x 90min seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

 

This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours English Literature, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT4018  British Children's Literature

Assessment

Annotated Bibliography (1500 words) -- 25%

Essay (3000 words) -- 50%

Seminar presentation (7 minutes) -- 15%

Seminar Contribution -- 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ offer the opportunity to study a range of children's literature from 1850 to the present day

■ develop critical skills, including close reading and the ability to analyse popular literature

■ consider literature for children in its cultural and historical contexts

■ examine the historical development of the concepts of childhood and young adulthood

■ analyse critically the status of 'children's literature' as a separate genre

■ engage with issues of readership and the marketing and commodification of literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically assess children's literature from 1850 to the present day

■ trace the historic development of genres and narrative forms

■ critically assess the language and themes of children's literature

■ articulate an understanding of the publishing and marketing circumstances of texts, and their status as commodities

■ explain the cultural and historical factors inherent in constructing a concept of 'childhood' and 'the child'

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.