Youth Culture and Media:Image and Influence

Full Title: 
Youth Culture and Media
Instructor: 
David Harris
Day/Time Taught: 
MWF 12:00-12:50 pm and MWF 8-8:50 am
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2010
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-2: 
160

As an increasingly diverse and competitive mass media focuses evermore on youth as its primary consumers, teenagers and young adults must sort out a kaleidoscope of images, potential identities, and value sets as they seek to understand who they are and their place in the broader culture. This course will analyze a wide range of youth-oriented entertainment media including literature, film, music and “new media”. The primary questions we will explore include:

1) Are the images attempts to realistically portray young people? 2) Can these images and ideas actually have a significant effect on behavior? 3) Are some forms merely slick(or even cynical) attempts to cash in on simple portrayals and stereotypes? 4) How has youth culture changed over time, particularly as some perceive standards of taste, behavior etc as becoming increasingly permissive over time.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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