Childhood & Adolesence in Modern Fiction - CPLT3170

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Joanne Pettitt checkmark-circle

Overview

Who and what is 'a child', and what is adolescence? This module examines the representation of childhood and adolescence in a cross-section of texts from modern literature within the context of World Literature studies. Students will pay close attention to the rhetoric and techniques of storytelling woven around these themes, as well as to relevant socio-political debates, while also examining how these specific texts function across cultures.

The module encourages students to find innovative approaches to the topic, and at the same time invites them to explore the relationship between literature and childhood and the joy of reading often associated with childhood and adolescence.

Details

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 40%
Essay 2 (2,000 words) – 60%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate the ability to think critically about childhood and adolescence as cultural ideas;
2 Explore and re-evaluate what literature is through the ideas of childhood and adolescence;
3 Demonstrate an ability to compare texts from different historical and cultural periods;
4 Evaluate the use of rhetorical devices and narrative strategies in the representation of key concepts such as childhood;
5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political repercussions behind texts dealing with childhood and adolescence.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Undertake independent research through problem-solving around the prescribed set texts;
2 Demonstrate and improved practice in reading and writing;
3 Demonstrate well-documented critical and comparative writing skills;
4 Demonstrate an ability to synthesise, summarise, and present their arguments cogently about a work of literature.

Notes

  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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