School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 403/515 Outline

Course Outline

Fall 2012
Mondays, 9:00-1:50 am
3-01 Rutherford South


Gail de Vos 
Phone: 1-780-797-3949

Office hours: by appointment

Calendar Description:

Materials for young adults of junior and high school age, young adults; reading interests, and current trends and issues in young adults; literature.


Upon completion of the course a student should be able:

  1. To appreciate the significance of literature in the lives of young people.
  2. To apply criteria for the evaluation of literature in terms of literary merit, media format, and the developmental needs of young adults.
  3. To explore methods of reading guidance which stimulate contact with literature in all forms.
  4. To consider the priorities of programming for young adults. 


  1. The relationship between literature and the basic needs and interests of young adults.
  2. Some general types of literature such as adolescent novels, science fiction,  fantasy, adventure, mystery, historical fiction.
  3. Examples and issues involving texts in non-print media.
  4. Issues such as intellectual freedom, stereotyping, bias.
  5. The principles of evaluation essential to build and maintain library collections for young adults
  6. The professional literature and bibliographic tools for reviewing, selecting, and using literature with young adults.
  7. The essential components of programming and budgeting for programs for young adults. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

  • Drawing on exposure to a broad set of titles and support materials, and made aware of the importance for young people to have access to a wide variety of texts, students will develop a capacity to evaluate books and other materials produced for youth, taking account of aesthetic qualities of language, images, any extra effects, and the interactions among them all.

                measures       discussiomn of class readings of YA
                materials        read and react assignments 
                                     annotated bibliography

  • Expanding their understanding and repertoire of what is constituted under the heading of "magerials for young adults," students will explore and articulate the potential of new forms of literature expressed in many different media and formats.

                measures       class readings and discussion
                                    read and react assignments
                                    media literacy project


Course instruction will include lectures, assigned readings, and evaluation of texts for young adults in print and various media. Opportunities will be given for participation in oral and written presentations.

Course Relationships:

Elective course. Prerequisite: LIS 501.

Inclusive Language & Equity:

The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of equality and respect for all people within the university community, and to educating faculty, staff and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support and Disability Services.

Academic Integrity

The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

*Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.