Telecommunications | Children & Media
T317 | 10741 | Bryant, J.

This course is designed to give students an introduction to the
symbiotic relationship between children and the media.  The major
issues to be covered are: children’s use of media (as an audience)
and media’s use of children (as consumers); how children’s media is
created and disseminated; the media’s potentially positive and
negative effects on children; and the role of parents, the industry,
and advocacy/policy groups in creating and monitoring children’s
programming. The course will cover these issues through a series of
mini-topics, each of which will be discussed with regard to
theoretical and research agendas as well as more “practical” issues
for parents, policymakers, and the industry.  Finally, this is a
service-learning course. Throughout the semester, you will be
working with a local organization that is doing work with children
and media.  This interaction will give you hands-on, practical
experience with the issues that we will be discussing throughout the
semester inside the classroom.

T205 or consent of instructor.

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at If you have
questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.

Required Texts
The following books should be available at the IU Bookstore, and are
required for this course: Van Evra, J. (2004). Television and Child
Development. (3rd Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Other reading
material will be available on Oncourse and through electronic
reserves throughout the semester.

Meeting Times
MW 8:00-9:15am (RTV 245)