About the course

Children’s Literature in a Global Perspective covers the development of children’s literature from ABC-books, primers and traditional fairy tales to Disney and Harry Potter. A broad range of genres and examples of children’s literature in different media are taken up. But where traditional children’s literature courses have one cultural and linguistic focus, such as the English-American tradition or the Swedish tradition, the main concern here is to give a global perspective. The course combines two approaches to children’s literature – the critical and pedagogical. Examples of important critical and theoretical perspectives are provided, and the major problems pertaining to the genre and history of children’s literature are covered. At the same time the course is teacher-oriented – stimulating pedagogical reflection and a creative approach to the study and teaching of children’s books.

The course is particularly designed for teacher trainees, but it will also prove stimulating to librarian students and to undergraduates in English and comparative literature, as well to anyone interested in the study of childhood and children’s literature and culture.

Course content

The objective of the course is to develop students’ knowledge about the forms and genres of children’s literature. The course also aims to develop students’ pedagogical and creative skills with regard to children’s literature.

The course charts the development of children’s literature globally. It covers the genres and forms of children’s literature: baby books, picturebooks, fairy tales, nonfiction, drama, song & verse, fantasy, and novels. The course engages critical, pedagogical and creative perspectives for the study of children’s literature.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English 6


Upper secondary grades 66%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

Course evaluation

The university provides all students who are participating in, or have completed, a course to express their experiences and views on the course through a course evaluation which is organized at the end of the course. The university will collate the course evaluations and provide information about their results and any actions prompted by them. The results shall be made available to the students. (HF 1:14).