The Use of Media in the Undergraduate-level Social Science Courses
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Using social and popular media and current news in the classroom can engage students and allow them to connect theory and practice. In addition, these tools can help students master critical thinking and media literacy skills. While using media and current news is not a new concept in K–12 education, it seems uncommon at the college level. This chapter will discuss some examples of how to incorporate social and popular media and current news in undergraduate-level social science courses in a meaningful way that corresponds with Bloom’s taxonomy. It will also discuss some of the possible strategies and potential benefits of that educational approach. Finally, some observations and lessons learned from the classes will be shared.