19 days
1500 GBP/full
1500 GBP/full
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Our most loved books are often those we read in childhood, and these stay with us through later life – this Children's Literature module from University of Sussex will provide a space to think differently when addressing these key texts by analysing the relationships between children’s literature and contemporary culture.


About this Course:

This Children's Literature module from University of Sussex challenges previous notions and sentiments of our most loved books, students will thoughtfully critique and question the politics of best loved works in children’s literature.

George Orwell commented “the worst books are often the most important, because they are usually the ones that are read earliest in life.” How, then, should we read the books we love? Can we be critical and remain enthusiastic? Students on this module will read some of the best-loved works of children’s literature and ask in what ways they are utopian, and in what ways toxic? What are the politics of even the simplest of stories? Are they liberating or conservative? What about terms of race, class, and gender?

This Children's Literature module is ideal for students with a background in English, Art and History as we look at a variety of mediums. We will consider the role of illustration, watch classic film adaptations, and read seminal works by authors including Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman, C. S. Lewis, Beatrix Potter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and J. K. Rowling. Through small group seminars, you will discuss the key themes addressed apply these to your own written and spoken analysis of texts studied during the module.

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between contemporary cultural contexts and children’s literature
  • Participate in seminar discussions on themes addressed by the module
  • Display an ability to discuss relationships between texts studied during the module
  • Develop and demonstrate original written and spoken analysis of texts studied during the module.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 19 days

Start dates & application deadlines


15 alternative credits
  • Contact hours: 40 hours 
  • 15 Sussex Credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should be currently studying at university when applying for the Summer School, however you don’t need to have completed a full year of study. 

  • We require students to have a minimum of 2.8 GPA out of 4 or equivalent.
  • You’ll be asked to provide evidence of qualifications with your application. We assess each application individually and may contact you to request further information.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 19 days.
  • National

    1500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 19 days.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you are applying from a partner institution or via an agency, you may be asked to pay your fees or a portion of your fees to them instead of Sussex.

If you're not sure who to pay your fees to check with the study abroad office at your home institution or contact the Summer Programmes team at summer@sussex.ac.uk.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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