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Unit Overview


This unit examines how young adult fiction can be used to strengthen subject area knowledge, to build reading comprehension, critical literacy and intercultural and ethical understandings. It explores the important role of young adult fiction in the lives of young people today, its dominant genres, and the ways it can be used to develop key curricula knowledge and cross curricula priorities. By the end of the unit, students will understand how young adult fiction can be used to implement curricula outcomes in areas such as English, Humanities, Science and Art; develop specialist knowledge of a number of texts; and have acquired knowledge of learning programs, teaching activities and learning resources.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify and interpret key genres and trends in young adult fiction; (2) understand and critically evaluate the suitability of young adult fiction for particular curriculum areas; (3) examine and evaluate the relevance of texts for particular curriculum areas; (4) critique ways that young adult fiction can be used to build reading comprehension and critical literacy skills; (5) reflect upon and use specific texts to develop curriculum area content knowledge, skills and values; and (6) evaluate and develop learning programmes and construct learning activities and resources including ICTs and other learning technologies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) investigate and critique relevant young adult fiction; (2) construct learning programme including two lesson plans; and (3) workshop and online participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the investigate and critique relevant young adult fiction, construct learning programme including two lesson plans, and workshop and online participation components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jennifer Shand
Contact hours
30 hours (further information is available in the unit outline)

There are no set textbooks for this unit. Students will need to purchase a collection of young adult fiction texts.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.