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Children's Literature and Culture - MA part-time

Why choose this course?

  • Experience the only taught Masters in the region dedicated to children’s literature
  • Explore contemporary children’s fiction, picture books, graphic novels and film, within cultural and historical contexts
  • Learn from published experts, including the author of The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature
  • Develop your own writing skills and improve your chances of having work published
  • ‘The particular strength … remains its ability to deal … with children’s literature … while also placing it in the wider contexts of film and illustration.’ – External Examiner

Course overview

The MA in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Bolton is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study.

The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in children’s literature and culture, including professionals who work with children, such as teachers, librarians or those in health and social service occupations, and also interested parents who want to learn more about this exciting world and share it with their children.

You will study many aspects of the field including the work of children’s authors such as David Almond and Philip Pullman and ‘adult’ authors who have also written for this growing market, such as Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie. You will also examine the broader field of children’s culture, including picture books, graphic novels, films, television and toys.

You will examine these different media from both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring how the market for children’s culture has become big business and how it often attracts both child and adult audiences.

About the course

The main focus of the course is literary studies but you will also draw on insights from the visual arts, from cultural and media studies and from related work in history and the social sciences.

You will be introduced to a technical vocabulary that will help you to discuss both verbal and visual material analytically. You will also be made aware of the historical development of different genres of children’s fiction and of contemporary debates about childhood and adolescence itself, especially concerns about the end of traditional childhood in the face of increasing commercial and marketing pressures.

Special features

  • This is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study.
  • Study under the guidance of a leading authority in the field of children’s literature.
  • The University of Bolton has an excellent library and learning facilities including 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi for all students.

Course overview

The MA in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Bolton is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study.

The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in children’s literature and culture, including professionals who work with children, such as teachers, librarians or those in health and social service occupations, and also interested parents who want to learn more about this exciting world and share it with their children.

You will study many aspects of the field including the work of children’s authors such as David Almond and Philip Pullman and ‘adult’ authors who have also written for this growing market, such as Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie. You will also examine the broader field of children’s culture, including picture books, graphic novels, films, television and toys.

You will examine these different media from both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring how the market for children’s culture has become big business and how it often attracts both child and adult audiences.

Course overview

The MA in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Bolton is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study.

The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in children’s literature and culture, including professionals who work with children, such as teachers, librarians or those in health and social service occupations, and also interested parents who want to learn more about this exciting world and share it with their children.

You will study many aspects of the field including the work of children’s authors such as David Almond and Philip Pullman and ‘adult’ authors who have also written for this growing market, such as Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie. You will also examine the broader field of children’s culture, including picture books, graphic novels, films, television and toys.

You will examine these different media from both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring how the market for children’s culture has become big business and how it often attracts both child and adult audiences.

Careers & professional development

The course may support your career development if you are a professional who works with children, such as a teacher or librarian. It may also be useful if you work with children in a health and social service context or it may help you more generally in the job market if you need a higher level qualification.

Study on the course will be invaluable if you wish to carry out specialised research in the field.

Award(s)MA
Mode of attendance Part-time: this course is available by evening teaching only (either on a Wednesday or Thursday, alternating each year).
Duration(s) 2 years
Start date(s) September
Entry requirementsYou should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in English or a related subject.

Special consideration will be given to those lacking the standard entry qualifications who work professionally in this area; for instance, teachers and librarians.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
Location(s) University of Bolton:
Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

What you will learn

You will learn what comprises children’s literature and culture, build up your knowledge from examples of work in different media and develop an understanding of how this field is often more complex than many people believe.

By studying on this course you will develop insights and analytical skills allowing you to appreciate the debates around contemporary childhood culture.

In addition to building a fascinating body of knowledge that you can apply in either a professional or personal context, you will also acquire the higher level skills of Masters study including information handling skills, ICT and research skills, and a critical and analytical ability to read both visual and verbal texts.

What you will study

The course consists of five modules worth a total of 180 credits. These include:

Issues in Children’s Literature and Culture (30 credits); Visual Narratives: from Picture Books to Graphic Novels and Beyond (30 credits); The World of Faery (30 credits); Children’s Film (30 credits); Dissertation (60 credits).

Please see below for details of each module.

Issues in Children's Literature and Culture (30 credits)

This is an introductory module, which will normally be taken at the beginning of your course. It is there to do two things. Firstly, it will introduce you to postgraduate study, giving you the necessary skills and conceptual awareness. Secondly, it will open up the complex field of children's literature and culture. The 'issues' covered will include class, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, sexual orientation and disability – but the emphasis will always be on the books as 'literature'.

Visual Narratives: from Picture Books to Graphic Novels and Beyond (30 credits)

This module examines the development of this dual form from its roots in nineteenth century popular art and comics through to the highly respected children's illustrators of today such as Anthony Browne, Raymond Briggs and others. It also looks at children's comics and contemporary graphic novels.

The World of Faery (30 credits)

For many laypeople, adulthood is associated with realism, with childhood being more strongly linked to fantasy. This module explores this whole area, from fairy tales and other fantastic works to those which only subtly shift the coordinates of reality, in what has become known as 'magic realism'. It will therefore move from the world of Grimm to look at contemporary writers like Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman and Diana Wynne Jones, as well as the more subtle reality-shifts of David Almond.

Children's Film (30 credits)

Like the 'Visual Narratives' module, this one also looks at the wider world of children's culture. It moves beyond the interaction of static visual and verbal elements to the more complex and dynamic interplay provided by film. The module will examine children's film, from animated works like Disney and Pixar to more realistic portrayals of childhood and youth.

Dissertation (60 Credits)

This is the last and major element of the course, where you will choose a topic area that particularly interests you and research it in greater depth. By this point you will have the confidence and knowledge to broach an area introduced earlier during the course or you can explore a personal passion (e.g. for a particular writer, artist, work, movement, or genre), as long as it falls within the remit of the course.

Careers & professional development

The course may support your career development if you are a professional who works with children, such as a teacher or librarian. It may also be useful if you work with children in a health and social service context or it may help you more generally in the job market if you need a higher level qualification.

Study on the course will be invaluable if you wish to carry out specialised research in the field.

On graduation you will automatically become a member of the University’s alumni association, gaining access to a wide range of the University's facilities, including the library, journals and periodicals, as well as professional and employment advice throughout your career.

Fees, funding and finance information

There are no fees to display for this academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

There are no fees to display for the next academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

Additional costs

Other than the reasonable cost of books there are no additional costs.

Contact us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Prof. David Rudd (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903261

For general information about the university and an application form please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

Web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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