Imagining the World through Language and Literature

EDU30001 12.5 Credit Points Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 12 Hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 12 Feb 23

7 Mar 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
30 Dec 22

More teaching periods

Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23



Aims and objectives

This unit is designed to develop and deepen pre-service teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature as an essential part of language and literacy development. This will enable them to make informed decisions about selecting and using literature and language experiences in early childhood education. They will become familiar with and knowledgeable critics of a wide variety of genres, including poetic, narrative and informational literature, traditional tales, picture books, popular culture and new technologies suitable for use in early childhood education (birth to eight years of age).
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify and advocate how children’s literature is an essential part of literacy education.(birth to eight years of age)
2. Articulate how storytelling and picture books support language acquisition and literacy skills
3. Examine factors, current trends and how popular culture impacts upon language and literature
4. Analyse a range of genres and conventions in children's literature, including folklore, picture books, storytelling, language games and poetry
5. Demonstrate techniques of effective and engaging teaching that develops literacy skills
6. Critically evaluate children’s language and literature resources


Courses with unit

BA-EDUEC Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
DP-EDU Diploma of Education Studies
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education