This programme is the only programme in Scotland dedicated to children’s and young adult’s literature as a primary resource and a field of academic study. You will develop a specialisation that is highly valued in professions such as education, library services and children’s media.
Why this programme
◾The programme gives you the opportunity to take a literary and critical stance to well-loved texts, as well as to contemporary authors whose texts push the boundaries of children’s literature. ◾The programme takes into account new developments in the production of texts for children using multimodal forms and digital technologies. ◾You will also discuss recent theories of language and literacy development and consider how they can be supported by traditional and multimodal texts for children. ◾You can balance your study commitments with a full-time role, and tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit for your work.
You will take five core courses, one optional course and produce a dissertation based on a specialised topic.
◾Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life ◾Texts for children: from the printing press to virtual reality ◾Introduction to educational and social research ◾Modern educational thought ◾Children's literature and literacies: critical enquiry ◾Professional enquiry.
◾Texts for diversity: language across learning for children with English as an additional language ◾Texts for children: visual and multimodal ◾Further options may be drawn from courses offered on the MEd in Educational Studies.
This programme is an excellent source of professional development if you’re already working in education, library services and children’s media, or are looking to move into these areas.