INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Children and Media

Fall 2011
Unique ID: 28563
Room: CMA A3.128
Days:  Thur
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Offered by the Department of Radio, Television, & Film.

This course analyzes the social construct of childhood and the way that ideas about the appropriate uses of media and popular culture by children and teens change over time. Analysis of media texts will be organized around authorship and point of view: media produced for youth, by youth and about youth. A wide range of entertainment and educational media and pop culture texts will be explored, including television, film, music, gaming and virtual world participation.

The research about the social and psychological effects of media and popular culture on children and teens is mixed--ranging from moral panics about the negative effects of media, to utopian visions of digital media as a new form of social capital. This course takes an historical look at the research related to media effects and the way that these studies have been used to underpin political and social change efforts in the past. Particular focus will be placed on research related to trends in the social uses of digital tools and new media cultural products by youth. Drawing upon the research base, the class provides evidence that informs the integration of young people's existing 21st Century Literacy skills into public policy arenas for education, citizenship, child welfare, health prevention, life skills and workforce development.

Topic Description:
Children and Media

instructor: Kathleen Tyner

Cross listed: RTF 384C

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