Children‘s and Young Adult Literature in English

7.5 ECTS-credits
First Cycle Level 1
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
English (ENA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved by the Faculty School of Language, Literatures and Learning, 16 November 2011.
This syllabus is valid from 16 November 2011.
Revised, 02 July 2020.
Revision is valid from 02 July 2020.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course students will be able to:
  • demonstrate a good understanding of modern as well as contemporary children’s and young adult literature in English by critically analyzing and interpreting a selection of texts
  • orally and in writing communicate and argue for their own interpretations making use of a central literary concepts.
  • orally and in writing account for and respond to scholarly discussions on the study of childhood and children’s and young adult literature

Course Content

This course treats a selection of modern and contemporary children’s and young adult works from the English-speaking world. It introduces literary terminology for the analyses of the works as well as theoretical perspectives to childhood and the study of children’s and young adult literature. These broaden the understanding of the genre and increase the awareness of how the perception of children is created and transformed, and the implications of this for debates over both childhood and children’s and young adult literature.


The course is examined through continuous assessment during seminars and written pre-seminar work as well as a final term paper on a children’s or young adult text.
Assignments which are turned in after the stated deadline cannot receive the grade Pass with Distinction unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Forms of Study

Teaching consists of a series of obligatory seminars, and written assignments. All teaching is conducted in English.


The Swedish grades U - VG


  • General entrance requirements and English B at Swedish upper secondary school, or equivalent knowledge.
  • No knowledge of Swedish is required.

Other Information

Replaces EN1008.