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EQ304 - Childrens Literature in Childhood

  • Module code: EQ304
  • Module name: Childrens Literature in Childhood
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will contribute the following aims to the wider aims of the degree course 1) To explore and identify, through the study of key texts texts, the psycho/social potential and function of children’s literature in the developing life of the child 2) To interrogate the theoretical premises, concepts and debates appropriate, and appropriated to, the psycho/social function of children’s literature in childhood 3) To have a knowledge and understanding of the child’s processes of psycho/social and cognitive engagement with literary texts 4) To have a comprehensive knowledge of a range of key picture books and children’s novels appropriate to the module’s purposes and focus. 5) To develop research, analysis and ICT skills cognisant with the wider degree and appropriate to the discipline and learning outcomes

Principal learning outcomes

This module has the following principle learning outcomes: 1) For students to become familiar with a range of key literary genres, literary structures and formats associated with children's literature. 2) For students to become familiar with key theory relating to the psycho/social role children's literature plays in children's development. 3) For students to become familiar and critically engaged with a range of discourses, debates and disputes associated with the role, status and influence of children's literature on children's development. 4) For students to be able to analyse and discuss the contrasting psycho/social impact children's literature is thought to have on children and young people's psychological development during different stages of childhood. 5) To support students to develop their research and ICT skills through the medium of analysing and critiquing perspectives on the role of children's literature in children's development.

Timetabled teaching activities

Three hours a week in Spring Term

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: EQ304-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Education Studies (X35B) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Education Studies (X35B) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Childhood, Education and Society (Part-time variant) (X3B7) - Year 2