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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Participants examine childrens use of media and its impact on health. Using a developmental perspective, this course considers different aged children (from preschoolers to teenagers), multiple media formats (print, radio, television, computer games and the internet) and various health concerns (food preferences, consumerism, smoking, violence, weight, and sexuality).

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Be able to characterize the developmental stages of childhood, from infancy through adolescence
discuss what types of media children use during these different developmental stages
Become familiar and use different research methodologies used in Health Communication
Perform an exercise where they do Content Analyses and two qualitative Interviews
Identify and critique important elements that determine the positive and negative qualities of media used by children and adolescents
Assess different media, including print, video, and computer technology
Learn about and evaluate how theories and frameworks underlie the successful production of children’s media, focusing on Social Cognitive Theory
Assess how other theories (especially Cultivation Theory and Uses and Gratification Theory) suggest the media impacts the behavior of children and adolescents

Methods of Assessment: Three exercises and class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 9:00 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent required for undergraduates only.

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Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail