Looking for classes that give you hands-on experience with social media? Check out these Fall 2015 offerings:
Social Media (COMM 357)
Professor: P. Anand Rao – Study of the communication theory and practice of social media as used by individuals and groups.
Digital Storytelling (CPSC 106)
Professor(s): Jessica Polak, Paul Bond, Alan Dean – People have been telling stories since the beginning of time, but how is story telling evolving in the digital age? This course explores how computers are being used to tell stories. We’ll study text-based technologies-blogging, the web- and how those models have changed the way we publish and disseminate narratives. Well also study the roles of audio, video, and images in narrative: computer animation, the ethics of altering digital images, and the Story Corps project. Students will use technology including blogs, virtual worlds, and computer games to create and tell their own stories.
Beyond Selfie: Digital Identities (FSEM 100M7)
Professor(s): Kashef Majid, Jeff McClurken, Martha Burtis, Susan Fernsebner, P. Anand Rao, Zach Whalen – This class is an exploration of how digital technologies and networked culture are influencing our sense of self and community, from the crafting and presentation of personal identity, to the empowerment of individual voices to create and effect change, to the building of communal narratives and spaces in an increasingly global and networked society. Looking through the lens of social media, students will explore how their own identity is shaped and changed by their digital activities. Identity “markers” such as race/ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic class will become topics for deeper discussion around our evolving understanding of online presentations of self. Students will both discuss these issues and participate in activities using the array of social media.