EDUC328 / PSYC322-2
Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing: Social Technologies & Adolescent Development

Adolescents are developing socially, cognitively, and civically in their online and offline worlds, transforming how formal and informal learning takes place. Students in this course will digest research findings and reflect on their own experiences about how social technologies (e.g., Instagram, gaming, mobile phones) can influence wellbeing during the tween and teen years. Harnessing personal narratives that appeal to different stakeholders, we will develop timely and accessible strategies to inform adolescents, educators, families, youth workers, and policymakers about the implications of these findings. This interdisciplinary course spanning education, psychology, media studies, and health communication fields  involves transforming research into digestible, brief, non-academic pieces intended for the general public and provides opportunities for students to explore their own interests. Sample assignments include a policy brief, op-ed, e-newsletter, 2 minute podcast, social media messaging campaign, and strategic writing for UX design. Each week, fellow classmates critique each other’s work in a friendly, constructive environment while guest writing coaches and industry professionals provide useful tips to hone each piece to its creative potential.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 12

Crosslisted Courses:

Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.

Instructor: Charmaraman

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Other Categories: CSPW - Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing; CSPW - Calderwood Seminar in Public Writing

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Fall