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.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT124. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT124 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Storytelling report
Major essay plan
Final essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.