The PG Certificate in Children’s Literature consists of three modules (60 credits) taken part time either on-campus or distance learning over one year. The three modules are:
Reading for pleasure in the primary classroom
In order to consider the place of reading for pleasure within the current curriculum, this module will develop your knowledge of children’s literature in relation to breadth and depth, with a focus on diversity, translation and equality. The module will enhance your skills in the critical reading of texts and explore the roles and responsibilities of those gatekeepers to children's literature. Alongside text analysis, we will discuss the reader and writer in the text and explore how drama can offer children empathetic steps into worlds beyond their reach.
Children's literature through the ages
The profile of children's books has undergone an unparalleled change compared to other fields of literature. From its early days of didactic and moralistic undertones pre-18th century, to the present day where stories are not just written for pleasure but actively encourage children to question the ideologies that surround them, this genre's journey has been fascinating and, arguably, the most diverse. This module will begin with studying some of the early classics and end with children's stories in today's multimedia world. Through a range of theoretical perspectives such as feminism, marxism and post-modernism, this module will explore a range of texts including: classics, novels in verse, literature in translation, apps, traditional tales and comics.
Independent Study: investigating practice
This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in independent study/practice investigation of an approved topic relevant to the programme and is conducted under supervision with the prior approval of the Module Leader and Subject Coordinator. The independent study/practice investigation may be based on primary and/or secondary data.
Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those shown here.
Teaching and learning
The teaching and learning methods used on the programme are designed to promote constructive and critical reflection on practice and a range of theoretical and research issues.
Lectures, seminars and workshops provide the format for the timetabled sessions but the modules are structured to ensure students have the opportunities to draw on the knowledge and experience of each other.
We have regular guest lecturers focussing on the four language modes (speaking, listening, reading and writing). We also make full use of the Oxford Brookes specials collections, a new collection of rare and antiquarian children's books and host a session in the Oxford Story Museum.
The programme can be taken either on-campus or by distance learning. Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each module involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 24 hours of staff input.
- On-campus – taught modules Modules are usually taught over eight weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 17:00 – 20:00.
- Distance learning – the programme can be achieved by part-time online learning through the use of our Moodle platform. For each module this usually requires about 12 hours a week plus time spent on assessment.
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