Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    May 25, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019
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PSY-776 Psychology of Social Media

4 semester credits
Social media are becoming relatively stable psychological forms even as our cultural experimentation and appropriation of this novel media landscape continues. This seminar will explore selected topics in social media and the possibility of theorizing social media within psychology and social psychology. Topics covered include: social media movements; our social media selves; rethinking the idea of the audience on social media; fake news; social media and public culture. The seminar encourages a critical positioning towards theory, social media and broader social, cultural and political values.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):  

  1. Demonstrate understanding of current issues in social media
  2. Demonstrate understanding of theory and research as applied to social media  through graduate level writing and communication
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the role of social media as instruments of expression and social change
  4. Demonstrate ability to critically assess underlying ideological, racial, economic and cultural assumptions guiding social media as instruments of public culture.
  5. Demonstrate exposure to social media data collection platforms
  6. Be able to propose research questions, frame a research approach and data collection.

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