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Course content

This unique, two-year degree provides an interdisciplinary study of the interaction between children, texts and media, along with the opportunity to study and live in at least three European countries. You will be able to engage with an array of cultural events related to children’s literature and media, and participate in a placement with a practitioner organisation.

● This is a unique programme that draws on the recognised strengths of the consortium partners to offer a joint degree that engages in children’s literature, media and culture.

● Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. The other universities are Aarhus University, Tilburg University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

● The programme includes the study of a wide variety of genres and considers new developments in the production of texts and media for children, including multimodal forms and digital technologies.

● You will receive a theoretical grounding in children’s literature and media as well as the opportunity to complete bespoke placements.

● You will be supported by a friendly, internationally acclaimed team of scholars who work in both the arts and humanities and the social sciences.

● You will have access to world class libraries, teaching and research facilities, as well as museums and other cultural organisations.

● The programme builds upon the foundations of the MEd in Children’s Literature & Literacies at the University of Glasgow which has been running for 6 years.

Programme Structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the programme universities for one semester. The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

During year 1 you will undertake a series of core courses which reflect the main themes of the programme and methods of enquiry delivered in Glasgow and Aarhus. In year 2 you will choose a specialist pathway in either Barcelona or Tilburg and will complete a work-based learning placement. The final mobility period can be spent with either partner, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation. The programme also includes an optional summer school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver at the end of year 1.

Semester 1: September - December (Glasgow): Historical and critical perspectives
Semester 2: January - May (Aarhus): Children’s Literature in a mediatised world
Summer (optional): June-August (Vancouver)
Semester 3: September – January: Pathway 1 (Barcelona) – Promotion of reading OR Pathway 2 (Tilburg) - Transcultural trajectories
Semester 4: February - July (Glasgow, Aarhus, Tilburg or Barcelona): independent study; dissertation
Core courses

Year 1
Children’s literature and childhood
Children’s literature, texts and media
Children’s literature: critical enquiry
Children’s literature: from the printing press to virtual reality
Crossing boundaries: children’s literature and other media (online)
Digital literature (online)
Life writing and fan fiction
Literature and picturebooks for the early years (0-8).
Year 2
Canon formation
Children’s literature for a diverse world
Children’s literature in translation
Developing reading programmes for different contexts
Literature and media in wider social contexts
Placements with publishers/libraries
Promoting reading through cultural activities
Research on literary education
Reviewing children’s and young adult books.
Optional courses (summer school)

Historical and archival children’s literature
Illustrated literature and other materials for children
Writing, publishing and the book trade for children.

Visit the Children's Literature, Media & Culture IntM page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!





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