RTF 334 - Children and Media
UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR (for course times & locations)
SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT: No | COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE: No
DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to theoretical perspectives and empirical research on how children and adolescents use and are affected by media (particularly television, computer and Internet). First, we will examine how children's and adolescents' developmental stages and social contexts are related to media use or consumption and their comprehension of symbolic information processing. Then, we will analyze the many claims, and the empirical evidence supporting those claims, about the impacts of media on children's development (cognitive and academic outcomes, social and behavioral outcomes, and health outcomes). You will be expected to read and discuss theoretical papers, original research reports, and reviews that summarize research.
FIRST CLASS DAY POLICY: Students must attend the first class day or they will be dropped.