E302 – Reading and the Web

Credit Hours:
3

Course Level:
Undergraduate

Semesters Offered:
Fall Spring

Prerequisite: CO 150 or HONR 193.

Description:  The course focuses on critically examining reading processes as well as rhetorical and cultural contexts for readers on the Web. The first half of the course considers theoretical perspectives, including cognitive, socio-cognitive, rhetorical, and cultural theories of reading and looking at such questions as:

The second half of the course then moves into analysis of rhetorical contexts and contextual forces shaping our reading of the Web. We re-examine the questions noted above in light of specific analyses of Web sites for issues related to visual literacy, interface design, access, and navigation. In addition, we expand our list of questions to explore: