This module provides a broad introduction to the vibrant and growing field of children's literature studies. It focuses on constructions of childhood in children's literature and will require you to employ close reading skills, literary analysis and critical engagement in relation to its texts and assignments. You will study children's literature in English, ranging from its beginnings in eighteenth-century chapbooks and fairy tales, through seminal nineteenth-century novels, to contemporary examples of fiction illustrating current trends. The module also includes the study of picture books old and new, stage performance and film, young adult fiction, storytelling and poetry. You will learn about the distinctiveness and purposes of children's literature, its prestigious and popular modes and its different representations of children's worlds.
The module will complete your study for the MA in Philosophy. You'll study: the emotions, Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt, and 'the problem of dirty hands'. Your tutor will help you build on your capacity for independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. The tutorial strategy, which involves both tutors and module team authors, will encourage independent thought using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. Finally, you will be able to complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, provided it is linked to at least one of the topics studied on the MA.
The module will introduce you to graduate-level philosophy through the study of four varied and interesting areas: the beauty of nature; a classic text in Ancient Philosophy ? Plato's ; the nature of consciousness; and issues surrounding global justice. Your tutor will guide you through issues such as conducting independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. There is also a comprehensive tutorial strategy that involves both tutors and module team authors. The module encourages independent thought and independent study using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. You can use this module to extend your studies in the subject, or to change to philosophy from another discipline.
You'll be provided with three printed module books, each covering one block of study, along with a Readings and Resources Book, and a Language Reference Book. You'll have access to a module website, which includes: