Saturday, October 26, 2013
Spring 2014 Undergraduate Course Option: Media Literacy
Dear Education Students:
Hello, my name is Jiwon Yoon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication.
I am writing to introduce my undergraduate class, MED306: Media Literacy (CRN: 23638, Friday 9:30-12:15, Chicago campus) which might be interesting to education majors.
In this class, undergraduate students first examine how children experience the media and how various pedagogies are used to practice media literacy education in K-12 educational settings. Then, students work with local educators to implement a media literacy program in a real educational setting. Last semester, students went to Donald L. Morrill: Math and Science School (CPS) to teach media literacy to 7th and 8th graders during their technology and library classes. Some of the topics that our students taught include understanding media; media & body image; the power of music; media representation; and the celebrity effect. Next semester, students will go to Namaste Charter School and work with 5th and 6th graders.
I have researched and practiced media literacy education for eleven years in various educational settings, including K-12 public and private schools, alternative schools, after-school programs, youth media centers and teacher education programs. I am sure education majors will find this class meaningful and relevant to their future careers, since media play a powerful role in young people’s lives. In 2011, I taught a course Media and Children, and had several Education majors in the class. Since Communication and Education students had different perspectives on children’s mediated experiences, we had many stimulating class discussions, and students certainly learned from each other.
This course has a prerequisite, which is MED203: Introduction to Media Theory. However, my Department Chair, Prof. Marian Azzaro, agreed that the pre-req could be waived for Education students. If you are interested in taking this class, have contact me and I will help you get a waiver.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for considering this new opportunity!
Jiwon Yoon, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
Chicago IL 60605