Envisioning a Better World: Social Issues in Children's and Young Adult Literature
As a child, you encountered many different books and stories that described real world problems, posed moral dilemmas, and encouraged you to work towards a better world. Do you remember feeling inspired by The Lorax and disturbed by The Giver? How do stories such as these shape your thinking today? In this course, we will read a variety of distinguished and cross-cultural titles in children's and young adult's literature in order to gain a better understanding of significant social issues, the ways humans have attempted to address these issues, and the possibilities for tackling these issues in the 21st century. Additionally, we will examine the literary criticism associated with this literature in order to further our understanding of the importance of the collected works. Completion of both semesters of EDUC 160 satisfies requirements for GE Areas A3 and C3.