Telecommunications | Children and Media
T317 | 20681 | Schwartz, N.

The purpose of this course is to learn about children and media. We
will do this by examining questions such as: What makes children a
unique audience? What do they watch? Why do they watch? How do
children process media messages? What do they do with media? What do
media do to them? Should children be a protected group? How is
children’s media regulated? What is media literacy? How does the
business of children’s entertainment work? Much of the reading and
discussion will be about TV. This is because TV continues to be the
largest and most universal children’s medium and most of the
research and writing to date has focused on children and TV. However,
an increasing amount of research and writing has been done on
computer-based and other electronic information technologies. We
will broaden our perspective to include these ‘new' technologies as
well as the long-standing mediums of magazines, newspapers, books,
radio, music, video, and film/movies.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies
distributionrequirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It
may, or maynot, also count toward other degree requirements. For
moreinformation about which requirements this course could fulfill
seethe College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin
at If you
havequestions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.