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The course commences with an examination of how definitions and attitudes toward literacy
have changed throughout history so that one may concentrate heavily on how literacies
are produced, synthesized, and consumed in modern media contexts. The course then
takes up the task of examining the "New Literacy Studies" research after the so-called
"social turn" in the sciences and humanities, which treat literacy as more than a
functional skill (one's ability to read and write) and instead as a sophisticated
set of meaning-making activities situated in specific contexts.