Online Social Networks

Course Code: CULT 3001

Academic Year: 2021-2022

Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. Rate My Professors. Match.com. Life on the Social Network has transformed the way we communicate in the digital age. This course examines how digital technology, especially on the internet, enables people to connect with others in revolutionary new ways. Digital technology has transformed how we exchange information, communicate, and form intimate and professional relationships. This course focuses on social networking sites and how they facilitate and enhance communication online and are used by people to coordinate, change, and organize events in the real world. In fact, as students will learn, the distinction between the real world and the digital-virtual world is blurred by such activity. Students will engage with a number of quantitative and qualitative studies from an international and multi-disciplinary perspective, interrogating how social networking has transformed privacy, impression management, strategic writing, word-of-mouth communication, intimacy, political protest, therapy, health research, and collaborative efforts in the workplace. Category and Level: Society, Culture and Commerce, Upper Level Restrictions: Bachelor of Digital Communications students are restricted from taking this course as a breadth elective. Note: Students benefit from taking a lower level course in the Society, Culture and Commerce category prior to enrolling in this upper level course.