Children, Culture And Violence
This course surveys the emerging forms and formats which affect the lives of many young people. The course broadly encompasses a wide array of cultural practices, artifacts and technologies which flavor modern childhood, including but not limited to: movies, games, websites, virtual worlds, toys and television programs. In the process, we will grapple with diverse conceptions of both media and children, and confront issues that sometimes lie below the surface of media creation and use, such as power and control, privacy, safety, gender bias, cultural stereotypes, authority and violence.
The course aim is to engage critically with these forms, examining how children incorporate them (or don’t) in their daily lives, and how adults shape and reshape notions of child culture and play.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
- By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand the historical, cultural, and technological context of culture and violence
- Identify the developmental attributes of children as they relate to media design, selection, and use
- Identify and discuss the effects of media and culture on youth culture and behavior
- Evaluate diverse technologies and media forms designed for and/or adopted by youth
- Contribute to debates on the social issues surrounding youth media, including fair use, safety, privacy, violence, and demographic inequity
- Critically analyze cultural practices, media artifacts, programs, or services
- Identify and discuss future trends in culture for youth