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Course Content

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 two 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.

Why This Programme

  • 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.
  • Rather than focus either on the literary, media or educational aspect on their own, the programme looks at the interaction between them in a flexible framework that allows for the incorporation of constantly changing format (e.g. digital technologies that affect reading and viewing) and input into creative initiatives around literature and learning. 
  • 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.

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. 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 (Glasgow, delivered by 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, Tilburg or Barcelona): independent study; dissertation

Core courses

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow

  • Children’s literature: critical enquiry
  • Children’s literature: from the printing press to virtual reality
  • Cross boundaries: children’s literature and other media (delivered online by Tilburg)

Year 1 - semester 2

University of Glasgow (delivered by Aarhus)

  • Children's literature and childhood
  • Children's literature text and media
  • New media for children & young adults (delivered online by Barcelona).

Year 2 - semester 3

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Developing reading programmes for different contexts
  • Literature and picture books for the early years
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Promoting of reading through cultural activities
  • Research on literary education

Tilburg University

  • Canon formation
  • Children’s literature in translation
  • Life writing and fan fiction
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Reviewing children’s and young adult books.

Summer school (optional)

  • 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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