Principles of Social Media
COM 293 Special Topics
This course provides students with an introduction to social media as it relates to the history, theories, ethics and practice of communication. Through lectures, in-class activities, and assignments, students in this class will explore a diverse range of social media forms including blogs, virtual communities, wikis, mobile, and video and photo sharing sites. They will become familiar with basic social media research and analytics programs and understand how social media can be used as part of a strategic communication campaign.
Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Stansberry
About Dr. Stansberry
General Education Statement of Criteria:This course introduces students to key concepts in social media. Students in this class will study history, development, and theories of social media. In addition to learning about identity performance and community development online, students will study issues of race, gender, sexuality and class in social media. Readings and lectures will introduce students to online communities that form around such topics as politics, health, gaming, and advertising.