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University of Glasgow: Children's Literature, Media and Culture (International Master)

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Education View department profile
Web glasgow.ac.uk/education
Study type Taught

Summary

This unique, two-year degree provides an interdisciplinary study of the interaction between children, texts and media, along with the opportunity to study and live in at least two European countries. You will be able to engage with an array of cultural events related to children’s literature and media, and participate in a placement with a practitioner organisation.

This is a unique programme that draws on the recognised strengths of the consortium partners to offer a joint degree that engages in children’s literature, media and culture.

Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. The other universities are Aarhus University, Tilburg University and the University of Wroclaw.

This is a unique programme that draws on the recognised strengths of the consortium partners to offer a joint degree that engages in children’s literature, media and culture. Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. The other universities are Aarhus University, Tilburg University and the University of Wroclaw. * Rather than focus either on the literary, media or educational aspects on their own, the programme looks at the interaction between them in a flexible framework that allows for the incorporation of constantly changing format (e.g. digital technologies that affect reading and viewing) and input into creative initiatives around literature and learning. * The programme includes the study of a wide variety of genres and considers new developments in the production of texts and media for children, including multimodal forms and digital technologies. * You will receive a theoretical grounding in children’s literature and media as well as the opportunity to complete bespoke placements. * You will be supported by a friendly, internationally acclaimed team of scholars who work in both the arts and humanities and the social sciences. * You will have access to world class libraries, teaching and research facilities, as well as museums and other cultural organisations.

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the programme universities for one semester. The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

During year 1 you will undertake a series of core courses which reflect the main themes of the programme and methods of enquiry delivered in Glasgow in Semester 1 and Aarhus in Semester 2. In year 2 you will choose a specialist pathway in Tilburg or Wroclaw and will complete a work-based learning placement. The final mobility period can be spent with one of the five consortium partners, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation. The programme also includes an optional summer school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver at the end of year 1.

  • Semester 1: September - December (Glasgow): Historical and critical perspectives
  • Semester 2: January - May (Aarhus): Children’s Literature in a mediatised world
  • Summer (optional): June-August (Vancouver)
  • Semester 3: September – January: Pathway 1 (Tilburg) - Transcultural trajectories OR Pathway 2 (Wroclaw) - Popular Culture
  • Semester 4: February - July (Glasgow, Aarhus, Tilburg or Wroclaw): independent study; dissertation

Core courses

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow

  • Children’s literature and picture books (delivered by UAB)
  • Children’s literature: critical enquiry
  • Children’s literature: from the printing press to virtual reality
  • Cross boundaries: children’s literature and other media (delivered online by Tilburg)

Year 1 - semester 2

Aarhus University

  • Children's literature and childhood
  • Children's literature text and media
  • Life writing and fan fiction (delivered by TiU)
  • New media for children & young adults (delivered online by UBC)

Year 2 - semester 3

Tilburg University

  • Canon formation
  • Children’s literature for a diverse world (delivered by UofG)
  • Children’s literature in translation
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Reviewing children’s and young adult books

University of Wroclaw

  • Children’s literature for a diverse world (delivered by UofG)
  • Conceptualisations of children and childhood in participatory culture
  • International Children's film
  • Placement with a film festival
  • Representations of children and childhood in film

Summer school (optional) - University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Historical and archival children’s literature
  • Illustrated literature and other materials for children
  • Writing, publishing and the book trade for children.

Graduates will develop key skills sought by many employers, including the ability to find, select and analyse texts and empirical data; confident and persuasive oral and written communication skills; and problem solving through creative and critical thinking. The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in media, education and literacy, publishing, archive and information studies, heritage and creative industries, as well as a springboard for PhD study and an academic career.

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The University of Glasgow’s School of Education is  an ambitious, major international research-led institution with traditional roots in Scottish higher education. We invest in the future of education through world-class research that advances knowledge and practice. Respected for contributions to policy and practice, our teaching and research benefits from strong partnerships with education communities.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Education is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen. 

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