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New Media Literacy GenEd Available Now

In Fall 2019, Professor Sherri Hope Culver will be teaching a general education course focused on Media Literacy at Temple University. The course, titles MSP 0873: Media in a hyper-mediated world, fulfills Temple students’ Human Behavior GenEd requirement.

The Internet-fueled democratization of media* creation has enabled anyone to be a publisher and has given audiences almost infinite choices — with both great and questionable effects. In a world of (mis)information abundance, it can be difficult to discern fact from opinion and truth from fiction. We need to be able to confidently and accurately maneuver through this barrage of information** and misinformation with a critical eye and ultimately become informed consumers and creators of media in the hyper-mediated world.

This course is designed to help students navigate 21st century media by becoming active (not passive) users and consumers of media as well as informed and conscious scholars, and producers of media. Students will employ principles of media literacy in analyzing and creating messages on a variety of topics by integrating and implementing best practices of writing, image production, sound production and creative work with digital media. In order to become active participants in a society, students will examine the factors that assist them in acting responsibly in media environments.

This course will take both a “long view” and a “close view” of media and its influence. For example, in the “long view” we will explore foundational concepts of psychology and how media taps into human behaviors, as well as concepts of democracy and the first amendment. In the “close view” we will explore current viral video trends, tweet storms, and news reporting on current events and how they influence our day-to-day actions and decisions. Together, these views will help us better understand the influence of media in our lives.

If you are interested in taking this course, it is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:50. 


* ”media” refers to all forms of media, including social media, television, radio, movies, books, magazines, websites, newspapers, apps, video games, etc.
** ”information” refers to both formal and informal information, including content from established publishers, user-generated content, such as blogs and Instagram photo uploads, newspaper investigative reports, Presidential tweets, and even commercials.


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