CHILDREN, MEDIA, AND HEALTH Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will: 1) Be able to characterize the developmental stages of childhood, from infancy through adolescence. 2) Know what types of media children use during these different developmental stages. 3) Become familiar and use different research methodologies used in Health Communication. 4) Perform an exercise where they do Content Analyses and two qualitative Interviews. 5) Identify and critique important elements that determine the positive and negative qualities of media used by children and adolescents. 6) Assess different media, including print, video, and computer technology. 7) Learn about and evaluate how theories and frameworks underlie the successful production of children’s media, focusing on Social Cognitive Theory. 8) Assess how other theories (especially Cultivation Theory and Uses and Gratification Theory) suggest the media impacts the behavior of children and adolescents.
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).
PFHS students, HPM students, MPH students and other PH students interested in topic.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Three exercises and class participation.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
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