University of Newcastle Australia program

Young Adult Literature

This program, ENGL3665, introduces students to popular, speculative, and realist young adult literature.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Develop your understanding of different forms of young adult texts as well as the concerns and depictions they carry.

Through reading and examining different forms of young adult texts, students will engage with national and global concerns about the environment, feminism, depictions of heroism, and questions regarding power and repression. The course includes examples of stories from young adult genres drawing on mythical and historical as well as contemporary sources.


4 courses

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Who will you learn with?

I am a senior lecturer in Screens, Languages, English and Writing at the University of Newcastle. I have Murri heritage and teach and research in the areas of Australian and Aboriginal literature.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain literary movements in the representation of YA voices;

  2. Analyse in both formal and informal academic writing, different representations of YA literature;

  3. Evaluate a range of theoretical issues relating to YA texts;

  4. Interpret the relationships between different historical, socio-economic and cultural contexts in YA literature, including Aboriginal ways of knowing;

  5. Synthesise YA scholarship to create and apply literary approaches to YA literature.

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