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GREDI002 Sustainable literacy and environmental children's literature

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

This course combines advanced knowledge about literacy, children’s literature and current themes as sustainable development and lifelong learning needed to meet the goals of Agenda 2030. The literary corpus mainly consists of contemporary Scandinavian children’s literature (preferable available also in other languages) with an emphasis on nature connectedness, environment, and climate change. Dialogic teaching and the didactic tools related to green dialogues will be applied, tested, and developed throughout the course. The course addresses the cross-curricular theme "Sustainable development".

Learning Outcome


On completion of the module, students should have acquired basic knowledge of:

  • primarily contemporary Scandinavian children's literature the main principles of dialogic teaching and learning
  • key ecocritical concepts
  • dialogic and process-oriented reading and writing didactics


On completion of the module, students should have acquired the following skills:

  • facilitate primary school students’ participation in reading, writing and explorative talks related to children’s literature and students’ texts in various genres and modalities
  • analyse the required reading from ecocritical perspectives
  • reflect upon and discuss the didactic potential of the required reading relevant to Agenda 2030
  • academic writing

General competence


  • can collaborate on, plan, carry out, and assess cross-disciplinary scientific development relevant for primary schools
  • can connect sustainable development as a cross-disciplinary theme with diverse and dialogic learning processes

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Students should be active participants, recipients/receivers, conversation partners, tutors for peers, and observers in class. The subject includes various working methods and compulsory learning activities that support an active and student-oriented approach to learning. The working methods include lectures, supervision, student presentations, group work and discussions.

Compulsory learning activities

  • Individual: Infographic related to the didactic potential of a literary work.
  • In groups: Podcast/video aims to demonstrate dialogic skills related to the exploration of an ecocritical concept.

Detailed guidelines will be available at the start of the semester.

The course requirements are evaluated as a pass or fail. The course requirements must be completed and approved in order for students to attend the exam. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the course requirements, will have one (1) opportunity to resubmit in the same semester, within a deadline set by the instructor. Approved assignments are valid for one semester in addition to the semester in which the assignment was approved. Language: English or a Scandinavian language


Individual two-part exam:

  1. Oral exam: 25-30 minutes conversation about a literary work
  2. Portfolio: 3 texts (1500-2000 words) building on a) the infographic, b) the literary and dialogic experiences during a literature laboratory module, and c) a critical literacy module

Guidelines for the exam (oral and portfolio) will be provided at the beginning of the module.

Grades A to F are used in each assessment. The weighting is 50/50. Both exams must be passed before a final grade can be given. If one fails in one exam, this may be retaken

Examination support material

Oral exam: None

Portfolio: All with the exception of AI related tools

More about examination support material