Writing for Children and Young Adults - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Creative Work (30%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit examines current and past contexts for writing for children and young adults in Australia and internationally. It investigates trends, issues, literary concerns and developmental influences on children's and young adults’ publishing, and provides opportunity for the student to develop a folio of short original works relevant to the market. 

The student will explore social and cultural issues including gender, race and sub-culture, adult and teenage issues, the position of the writer/reader and literary/political demands being made on producers of younger people’s fiction and poetry in texts today.

At the completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with current and past contexts for writing for children and adolescents in Australia and internationally
  2. analyse and discuss trends, issues, literary concerns and developmental influences on children's and young adults’ publishing in Australia
  3. engage with the content of the unit through written skills, ie. in academic essay genre or in creative response and exegesis forms
  4. display critical judgment through reading and group discussion, eg. in an online discussion group based on unit readings.
  • Assignment — Creative Work (30%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Review (20%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: questions of definition for children's literature
2Picture books, graphic novels and other illustrated texts
3Development of children's literature and publishing
4Trends and issues in publishing including Indigenous and culturally diverse publishing
5Traditional rhymes, fairy tales, folk tales, myth and archetypal literature
6Fantasy and speculative fiction
7Writing in different genres - scripts, humour and poetry
8Historical fiction and non-fiction
9Contemporary issues in young adult writing and publishing
10Marketing the book and the author
11Creative writing for young people and writing a book review
12Future of the book for young people

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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