UC Forward Course: Children’s Media Around the World

Learn about growing up in different cultures through comparing and contrasting the American and European childhood approaches to children’s media. 

European church architecture

CECH’s School of Education’s Laura Dell and Dr. Nancy Jennings offer a way for those with student-teaching obligations to travel and experience an exciting and interactive course. Children’s Media Around the World (COMM5026I, COMM3092I, EDST6016IT), focusing on how youngsters in varying cultures experience media, combines a spring semester of on-campus instruction with an eight-day study tour overseas. 

In this past Summer’s overseas tour, which occurred from June 11-19, students met with media producers about how children’s media regulations differ from country to country. Over the past two years, the class has traveled to Ireland, where the study tour included Dublin and Belfast, perusing shops, pubs, and local attractions. In Dublin, students visited Dublin’s Children’s Museum, Imaginosity; the sacred Book of Kells; RTE, Ireland’s national broadcast company; and the Guinness Storehouse. Their visit to Belfast covered a Black Taxi Tour and a visit to Sixteen South, a TV, film and video producer.

Student on a rope bridge

The course introduced aspiring teachers to childrens’ issues by building knowledge and awareness of media-related topics. Some of the covered topics students examined included Sesame Tree, a Northern Ireland production based on Sesame Street; models for education media; the history of children’s media; public policy of children’s media; children’s media use; and, children’s media content.

In spring 2016, the program will be offered again, and those who have registered will study-tour travel to Munich, Germany, to explore production sets and studios, and attend the Prix Jeunesse International Children’s Film Festival. Students will participate in and attend panels, discussions, and productions associated with the Film Festival. For more information about this course, contact Nancy Jennings (Nancy.Jennings@uc.edu) or Laura Dell (Laura.Dell@uc.edu).