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Course Descriptions

ENG 215 - Children's Literature

3 Credits

A survey of classic and contemporary children's works from Aesop to Rowling. Students will analyze a variety of different genres such as fables, poems, myths, fairy tales, picture books, and novels with themes such as evil, escape, individuality, and the demands of society. Critical approaches such as historical, psychological, feminist, and Marxist theories may be discussed and applied to texts.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 with a C or better, or placement into ENG 200, or instructor permission.

SUNY General Education: SUNY-H - Humanities (SHUM)

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-VE - Values and Ethics (MVE)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the historical development of children’s literature.
2. Describe the literary genres within children’s literature.
3. Analyze various works of children’s literature from a variety of academic perspectives, including one grounded in the study of ethics.
4. Explain the global socio-cultural concept of the child as exemplified in children’s literature.
5. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.
6. Write a thesis-driven essay using primary and secondary sources.
7. Analyze how cultural values and belief systems impact children’s literature.

Course Offered Fall; Spring

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Fall Semester 2022
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