Telecommunications | Children and Media
T317 | 11218 | Weaver, A.

TEL-T 317:  Children and the Media

T317 focuses on the psychological and social scientific research on
the effects of the mass media on children. This course centers on
media effects literature and controversies relevant to child and
adolescent viewers. Topics include young people’s perceptions of the
media, effects of certain types of media such as violence and news,
specific manifestations of effects such as behavior, emotion, and
learning, and possible interventions to limit negative effects. The
course involves readings, lectures, and discussions of theories,
concepts, methods, and findings.  We will also talk about social
implications and personal choices in media use.

The course will meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm.  Grading for the course will be based on two
papers, two exams, and class participation.  Readings will come from
a course packet that will be available through E-reserves and from a
required book (Television and Child Development, 3rd Edition, by
Judith Van Evra).

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.