Course Title: Recreational Literature for Young People

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Recreational Literature for Young People

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul Mercieca

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5825

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Through study in this course, you will explore the range of literature available to young people, including picture story material, fiction, poetry and information texts as well as electronic and web based material. The course aims to develop your critical capacity by offering the the opportunity to examine your critical judgements within the study of the literary critical framework. You will examine a number of genres, styles and issues that are important in the area. Wide reading in the literature for young people is encouraged and the assignment work will be partially based on this wide reading. This course will examine critical responses to the literature for young people, particularly in the area of fiction and picture storybook materials. An examination of the publishing and marketing of material for young people will also be offered. A number of guest speakers and events are usually offered during the semester. The course is offered in face to face classes and/or online.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will gain or improve capabilities in:

  • Information Literacy: you will develop your abilities to locate, retrieve, assess and use information
  • Reflective Analytical Practice: you will have opportunities to reflect on your reading practices and responses within a literatry frameworkk
  • Socially and culturally responsive practice: social and cultural expectations and assumptions in literary practice will be examined
  • Interpersonal and communication capabilities: you will be given opportunities to develop your oral presentation and group discussion skills
  • Responsive (creative) practice:  your will be given opportunities to creatively respond to texts and discussions in this area through problem solving and case study as well as through development of your own reading practice.

This course provides you with an opportunity to develop your interest in and knowledge of recreational literature for young people.
On completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate wide reading in chosen areas;
  • Critically assess the range of reading materials available to young people;
  • Reflect on your critical practices and frameworks and be able to place these activities within the broader critical framework.
  • Communicate information about texts in an appropriate manner for young readers
  • Apply knowledge gained in the course to complex issues of access, control and selection of material for young people
  • Participate effectively in literary and related programs in educational and other settings;
  • Design solutions to problems and cases within a chosen scenario.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course work will comprise a mix of lecture, tutorial discussion and class exercises, as well as guest speakers and visits to appropriate events or places. There will be some set readings that will form the basis of class exercises as well as an expectation that students will read widely from the available literature for children and young adults.

Activities will include:

  • Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars or online notes with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions (including online forums).
  • Problem-based discussion will build your capacity to think critically and analytically and design solutions to cases and problems
  • Group discussions to explore, critique and form ideas about texts and genres
  • Individual responses to critical material through online participation
  • Development of appropriate resources to enhance the promotion of reading and literacy for young people
  • Projects to integrate experiences from other contexts, particularly examining your reading history and critical frameworks.
  • Projects to develop wide reading in various formats, for a range of ages, particularly to encourage development of reading and literacy

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in professional reading of relevant educational literature, particularly in relation to the critical context. You will be expected to identify and locate much of the reading material as you are encouraged to read widely in the available literature. Lists of appripriate texts and resources for identifying appropriate reading will be made available on the Course Website and will be supplemented by reading material discussed in classes and made available through online forums and course notes. Lists of appropriate critical material will also be made available on the Course Website. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment in this course is designed for you to:

  • demonstrate your wide reading in the area
  • apply the critical frameworks
  • demonstrate understanding of the literary, social and cultural aspects of the area
  • develop and communicate resources to support the promotion of reading
  • critically reflect on your reading practice

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class or online discusssions, through individual and group feedback on on assessment tasks and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability, it may be possible to vary aspects of thelearning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Director or the Disability Liason Unit if you would like to tind out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment policies and procedures manual.