GISW LYHS 4186/5186 Studies in Leisure Education Media Literacy and Celebrity Influence -- 3 unit(s)

Leisure education media literacy combines leisure theories and teachings strategies to enhance personal leisure experience with media literacy techniques in order to teach people to (1) understand the covert messages behind mass media message, (2) learn which media messages to filter out (ignore) and which to filter in (pay attention to), (3) use media literacy skills in order to move beyond media constructed meaning in order to construct meaning for one self, and (4) understanding how to use oneā€™s leisure in more fulfilling ways. This class will develop media literacy and leisure engagement related to the relationship of the media to advertising, violence, sex/sexuality, obesity/eating disorders, video games, and family. Upon completion of this class, each student will be able to demonstrate (1) media literacy skills, (2) how social policy can affect media, and (3) outline a personal future plan related to leisure fulfillment.

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Junior Standing
Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area
Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Professional Fields distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.
Rodney Dieser, Professor

Dieser, R. B. Leisure education: A person-centered, system-directed, social policy perspective. 2013. Champaign, IL: Sagamore.

Kirschbaum, E. Rocking the wall: The Berlin concert that changed the world. 2013. New York: Berlinica.

Strasbuger, V. C., Wilson, B. J., & Jordan, A. B. Children, adolescents and the media. 2014 (3rd edition). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

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