Course instructor: Sarah Cohn
Welcome! This website will serve as our primary meeting space for the Fall 2020 semester.
Expanding beyond the ability to read and write, there are multiple types of literacy needed to be a successful citizen. In a media-saturated world, these expanded literacies are necessary to understanding and changing the world. Throughout the course, students will think and write critically about information and media in order to better understand and critique our current information environment, in which we all are hoped, assumed, and constructed to be passive consumers. Beyond news media, we will explore how information is created, saved, described, and accessed through institutions like libraries and archives. We will examine the ethics of information use and determine how to critically evaluate sources, and how to leverage the tools at our disposal to discover information in support of academic and personal research.