LIT 332

Adolescent Literatures

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 8, 2006 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is intended to familiarize students with fictional and non-fictional texts written for young adults by authors of diverse cultures. Students examine the criteria that characterize these diverse literatures and learn to recognize contemporary trends.

Prerequisites

Learning outcomes

General

  • Know the historical and aesthetic development of young adult literature as a literary genre at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Master the integration of literary evidence into the student's own writing, including standard formatting and citation practices at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Read and respond to young adult literature with intelligence and sensitivity at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Recognize the variety of formats emerging in young adult literature, as these reflect current cultural and technological trends.
  • Understand and apply literary terms, theoretical concepts, reading strategies, and analytical methods to the study of young adult literature at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Analyze relationships between elements of young adult literature, as reflected by the development of young adults, and by ambient social contexts at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Articulate substantial and clearly presented responses to young adult literature at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Conduct literary analysis that is responsive to details and to complexities of text and theme in young adult literature at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with genres and subgenres of young adult literature, and understand the development and characteristics of these subgenres at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Identify issues surrounding the censorship of young adult literature.
  • Interpret young adult literature, applying biographical and/or cultural evidence as relevant at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.