GISW LYHS 4186/5186 Studies in Electronic Communication, Youth Development and Generation X, Y and Z -- 3 unit(s)

A youth development comparative analysis of multiple generations targeting the modes of electronic communication will provide student learning opportunities targeting (a) the influence of various electronic communication techniques and platforms on young people’s growth and behavior; (b) the sociocultural dynamic and the influence on goal-setting by youth; and (c) behavior management strategies associated with electronic communication employed by workers and the rationale for usage. This class will lead to a deeper understanding of youth work and the impact of electronic communication within Generations X, Y and Z related to behavior, motivation and social relationships.

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UNI students: 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.
Chris Kowalski, Assistant Professor

Howe, N., & Strauss, W. Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. 2000. New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

Kraut, R., Brynin, M. & Kiesler, S. Computers, phones, and the Internet: Domesticating information technology. 2006. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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