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IS 571 LRR - Adv Topics Use & Users of Info - Literacy, Reading, and Readers

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Variety of newly developed and advanced topics courses within the field of Use and Users of Information, intended to augment the existing Information Sciences curricula. Course Information: 2 to 4 graduate hours. No professional credit.

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MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 credit hours: Reading and literacy play a central role in libraries. This course considers reading as a physical, social, and educational activity that is historically and culturally situated. Drawing upon interdisciplinary scholarship in LIS, education, literature, history, sociology, psychology, raciolinguistics, neuroscience, and anthropology, we investigate different forms of literacy and how people acquire them, with special consideration given to age, race, gender, class, and culture. We explore how our brains learn writing, a human-created technology, and what libraries can do to support literacy acquisition and leisure reading. We examine how literacies (alphabetical, visual, digital, etc.) promise social mobility and equality, yet often reinforce existing power structures. We consider literacy in the context of colonization, Indigenous resistance, immigration policy, and white supremacy. We learn about biases in language education, as well as the stigmatizat

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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