Media education and media literacy

lcomu2640  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Media education and media literacy
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Philippette Thibault;
This course will address the link between media literacy, media education and education through media; he will discuss the concept of media literacy with regard to other concepts present in the literature (digital literacy, information literacy, computer literacy, etc.); it will deal with different analytical frameworks for evaluating media activities (e.g. reading, writing, navigating, organizing) and the dimensions of associated skills (e.g. technical, social, informational); Finally, it will address the challenges in terms of skills related to contemporary technologies and their uses.
This teaching will be structured in different modules (the order is subject to change) :
  1. Module 1: Introduction to Media Literacy (e.g. the concept of literacy, the concept of media)
  2. Module 2: Media Education, Education through media and Media Literacy
  3. Module 3: Media Literacy Reference Frameworks
  4. Module 4: Evaluating Uses and Skills: A Complex Approach
  5. Module 5: Perspectives on "New Forms of Literacies"
In a non-recurring way, the course will give place to interventions of Belgian or foreign researchers, experts in the field.
Teaching methods
The course is based on a participatory pedagogy. In addition to lectures, students will be encouraged to discuss media literacy issues through a guided reading and writing exercise. Depending on the annual theme, students will be provided with a portfolio of suitable texts. 
In addition, researchers and practitioners will be invited to contribute to the debates.
Note: Given the "multi-site" nature of this course, co-modality will be applied. Attendance and active participation during the sessions will be required for the continuous assessment (session 1).
Evaluation methods
The evaluation modalities vary between the first and second session
First session
  • Continuous assessment in the form of active participation in the directed reading and writing exercise (100% grade)
Second session
  • Oral examination (evaluation of the ability to mobilize the theoretical and methodological frameworks seen in the course)
    Test of knowledge of the material seen in the course.
Other information
This course is also given to "Master in Media Education" students (co-diplomation IHECS-UCLouvain) and is borrowed by students of the Master in Communication of UCLouvain Mons.
English-friendly Course
  • Reading: bibliographical references in English can be provided
  • Questions: students can ask their questions in English
  • Evaluation: students can do presentations and answer exam questions in English
  • Dictionary: students are allowed to use a dictionary (monolingual French dictionary or bilingual French-mother tongue dictionary, as specified by the teacher), including for exams
Références (exemple)
Auferheide (1993). Report on the National Leadership Conference on Media Literacy. Queenstown (M.D.): Aspen Institute ;
Buckingham (2009). The future of media literacy in the digital age: some challenges for policy and practice, 2nd European Congress on Media Literacy, Bellaria (IT), 21-24 october 2009 ;
Fastrez (2010). Quelles compétences le concept de littératie médiatique englobe-t-il ? Une proposition de définition matricielle, Recherches en Communication, 33(1): 35-52 ;
Feuerstein (1999). Media Literacy in Support of Critical Thinking, Journal of Educational Media, 24(1): 43-54 ;
Hobbs (1998). The seven Great Debates in the Media Literacy Movement, Journal of Communication, 48(1):16-32 ;
Livingstone (2003). The changing nature and Uses of Media Literacy, Media@LSE, Electronic Working Paper, 4, see:
Une liste de références bibliographiques et un portefeuille de lecture seront fournis en fonction de l’orientation de l’exercice de lecture et d’écriture dirigée. A list of bibliographical references and a reading portfolio will be provided according to the orientation of the guided reading and writing exercise. 
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