Course syllabus



Welcome to Children and Young Adult Literature (GEN33R) at Dalarna University

This course room is both for distance and campus students. 

  • For campus students, the seminars in this course will be taught at Campus Falun.  Please go into pages to see your room schedule. 
  • For distance students,  we will be using the zoom for your digital seminars.  Please go into pages to access the zoom room link.

This course is intended for English major students, freemover students (students who are not English majors but are interested in or have studied literature in the past and are taking this course) as well as for Erasmus exchange students interested in literature studies.  

When you take this course, you will study the following:

  • A collection of classical and modern children and young adult literature from various parts of the English speaking world.                                               
  • Basic literature terms used in discussing literature as well as literature theory relevant to the genre of children and young adult literature.                       
  • The context and history of children and young adult literature and the perspectives of the concept of the child is created, changed, as well as how it influences discussions regarding childhood and children and young adult literature. 
  • In the course, you must show the following learning outcomes. 
  • Show good knowledge about the contemporary children and young adult literature through critical analysis and interpretation of chosen texts in the course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Orally and in writing communicate and argue for your own interpretation of the texts with the help of basic literary concepts.                                               
  • Orally and in writing discuss literary theories as well as academic articles relevant to children and young adult literature.  Chosen academic articles deal with the concepts of the child and childhood,  while literary theories give the literature an theoretical context. 

The seminars

The seminars require active participation in discussions.  You must prepare yourself by reading the required texts before seminars as well as be prepared to discuss your ideas along with the ideas of others.   While, participation is specifically linked to two learning outcomes,  seminar participation is linked to all learning outcomes. 

Seminar days and times: 

Campus Seminars Tuesdays 10:30 -12:00 

Distance Seminars Thursdays 10:30 - 1200 

First Seminar: 

  • Campus Tuesday 23rd January., 1030 - 1200.  Campus Room (Falun) Bologna
  • Distance: Thursday 25 January, 1030 - 1200.  Zoom Room

The first seminar is an introductory seminar into the history and genre of Children's Literature and Young Adult Literature.  The reading for that seminar is available here.

There are also questions related to the McCulloch and Becket articles which you will find in "Modules" 

Also discussed at the first seminar is an introduction to literary terms and concepts.   Discussions are based on a compendium which can be used as a reference document throughout the course.  The compendium is available here. Literature Compendium.pdf

Full course schedule VT23 Schedule Children and Young Adult Literature .pdf 

This course is examined by 

  • Active participation in seminars 
  • Pre-seminar written activities. 
  • Course essay on children or young adult literature.

You must  successfully fulfil all learning outcomes to achieve a passing grade. 


Course Coordinator  & Lecturer 

Anita Purcell-Sjölund, Phd. 

Barrie, J.M  Peter and Wendy.  Amazon Classics. (originally published 1911).  139 pages.  (provided in course)

Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Illustrated by Quentin Blake). 5th Edition. Penguin Random House. 2016. 179 pages.                                        Originally published  1964.  Any edition will do,  but pages numbers will vary. 

Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat. Random House. 1957.  66 pages.  Any edition will do. 

Jiménez, Francisco. The Circuit.  Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child.  University of New Mexico Press.  1997. 158 pages (collection provided in course). 

Gaiman, Neill.  The Graveyard Book with illustrations by Dave McKean. HarperCollins Publishers. 2008. 307 pages. 

Park. Linda, Sue When My Name was Keoko. Houghton Mifflin. 2002. 208 pages.  

Sheth, Kashmira. Koyal Dark Royal Sweet. Argo Navis Author Services. 2013. 230 pages. (provided in course)

Contact Information


Dr. Anita Purcell-Sjölund

Course Coordinator & Course Lecturer.

Course summary:

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