Fall 2017 - EDUC 465 C100

Children's Literature (4)

Class Number: 4389

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2017
    11:56 PM – 11:56 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



Historical, sociological and literary perspectives on literature for children.


This course introduces students to literature and other cultural texts produced for children, including fairy tales, picture books, contemporary fictions, poetry, and film. Course readings include materials produced for children (kindergarten through middle-school) as well as current research and theory about children's literature and culture. This course draws on and introduces a range of theoretical perspectives that allow readers to ask questions about literary elements, cultural productions, representations of social categories such as gender and ethnicity, and to examine how these constructions of children and difference are tied to larger social and political contexts.


All Course Requirements consist of comprehensive writing assignments commensurate to a 400 level writing course. Success in this class will require clear, concise writing (extended response, short essays, etc.) that communicates the theoretical perspectives introduced through the texts and online discussions to fellow students and instructors. Due to the online delivery and assessment methods of this course, writing competency comprises the primary means through which all course requirements are judged. Please note that this is not a general interest course, but rather recommended for individuals with a specific interest in literature and early childhood education.


  • Introductions (mandatory) 0%
  • Discussions 15%
  • Response Journals 20%
  • Online Take-Home Mid-Term Exam 30%
  • One Take-Home Final Exam 35%



Folk and Fairy Tales (4th ed.), Hallett and Karasek.
ISBN: 9781551118987

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books(2010, Revised edition). Horning.
ISBN: 9780060777579

I Want My Hat Back. (2011) Klassen.

ISBN: 9780763655983

Little Red Hood.  (2008) Leray.

ISBN: 9781907912009

Gone, Gone, Gone. (2012) Mosokowitz.

ISBN: 9781442407534

El Deafo (2014), Bell.
ISBN: 9781419712173

Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling (2012), Salisbury & Styles.

ISBN: 9781856697385

Snakes (2010), Bishop.
ISBN: 9780545206389

The Island (2007), Greder, Armin.
ISBN: 9781741752663

The One And Only Ivan (2012), Applegate.
ISBN: 9780061992278

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All CODE Courses are delivered through Canvas unless noted otherwise on the course outline.

Required Readings listed on the course outlines are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase at the SFU Bookstore on the Burnaby campus or online through the Bookstore's website.

All CODE courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40

If applicable, please refer to Canvas for the most updated Take Home Midterm/Final exam times. Exams are scheduled to be written on the SFU Burnaby campus at the noted time and date (unless noted as a take-home exam).

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in your online delivery method, such as Canvas.

*Important Note for U.S. citizens: Effective Summer 2016, as per the U.S. Department of Education, programs offered in whole or in part through telecommunications, otherwise known as distance education or correspondence are ineligible for Federal Direct Loans. This also includes scenarios where students who take distance education courses outside of their loan period and pay for them with their own funding, and attempt to apply for future Federal Direct Loans. 

For more information about US Direct Loans please visit and to read our FAQ on distance education courses, please go here: http://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/international/us-loans/federal-direct-loan.html


Registrar Notes:

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html