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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


HD 1110 Growing up in the Digital Age: Identity, Relationships and Wellbeing in the Modern Era

Course description

(summer only) This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

Most people born well before the modern digital era have a trove of “before digital devices” stories. Many wonder whether our collective absorption with all things digital will be the downfall of humankind. Others point to the many opportunities the modern digital era have opened up for youth and adults. No one, however, wonders whether it has had an impact on the way adolescents and young adults develop and interact with the world. This course is focused on exploring some of these intersections. After situating both human development and communication technologies in broader sociological context, the course will invite students to consider the role of modern communication technologies in identity formation and expression, relationships and intimacy, mental health, and prosocial and civic engagement. Using an interactive, discussion based format class sessions will be devoted to considering questions such as: How is identity defined and performed in/with social media? How are constructions of youth, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality represented in social media contexts? Can social media technologies be a vehicle for prosocial exchange and civic engagement? How does use of social media affect mental health and broader well-being? What are some of the most common ethical and moral challenges associated with growing up in the digital age? Readings and discussion will be augmented with personal reflection and extra-classroom activities.


HD 1110 001-LEC On-campus Extra-session

Class dates:June 24-July 12, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 9:30 AM - 12 PM Warren Hall 150
Instructor:Whitlock, J. (jlw43)
Max. enroll:30
To enroll:This class is not available for online enrollment. To enroll, submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.

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