Children‘s and Young Adult Literature in English

7.5 Credits
First Cycle
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
English (ENA)
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 03 March 2023.
This syllabus is valid from 03 March 2023.

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 analysing and interpreting a selection of texts
  • orally and in writing communicate and argue for their own interpretations of the texts making use of basic literary concepts.
  • orally and in writing explain and discuss scholarly arguments 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 basic 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.
All teaching is conducted in English.


  • Active participation in seminars
  • Written pre-seminar assignments
  • Written paper on a children’s or young adult text in English


The grading scale used for the final course grade is A–F.

The final grade for the course is based on an overall assessment by the examiner.

Grades are reported as follows:

  • Seminars, Pre-seminar Assignments, Written Paper - 7.5 Credits | A–F


  • General entry requirements and English 6. No knowledge of Swedish is required

Other Information

This course overlaps the previous course codes EN1008 and EN1076.

This course cannot be counted towards the same degree along with courses that have equivalent content.

If the student has received a decision/recommendation granting study support from Dalarna University because of a disability, then the examiner has the right to offer an alternative examination arrangement. The examiner takes into account the objectives in the course syllabus when deciding whether the examination can be adapted in accordance with the decision/recommendation.