LIT124 Children's Literature: The Oral Tradition (8)


Drawing on a broad range of examples, and encouraging students to observe and engage in storytelling with children, LIT124 focuses on narrative in the oral tradition - fables, myths and legends, nursery rhymes, poetry, fairy tales, games, drama - and on what happens when such narratives are written down, visualised and adapted to the digital space. Issues addressed include literary and cultural contexts, age-appropriateness and evolving concepts of the child and of a literature specifically for children. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Although not a prerequisite, some experience in observing children will be an advantage.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss relationships between the oral and literary traditions in narrative for young people
  • be able to compare the oral tradition in their own culture with storytelling in at least one other culture
  • be able to read or tell a story to children and report on their responses
  • be able to discuss some of the significant scholarship in the oral tradition
  • be able to speak and write about the oral tradition in accessible and logical English
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with the development of language in the child


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • the language of early childhood
  • games, nursery rhymes and poetry
  • myths and legends
  • folktale and fairy tales
  • performance by and for children
  • Indigenous Australian storytelling and publishing
  • storytelling in a multicultural society
  • the oral tradition in the digital age


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.