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Syllabus Social media and their social, cultural and political implications - 50046
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Last update 28-10-2015
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: communication & journalism

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Neta Kligler Vilenchik

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours:

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Neta Kligler-Vilenchih

Course/Module description:
Of the technological changes in the past years, one of the most significant differences in everyday life has been the use of social media. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and WhatsApp - we all spend much time with them, but do we know how they shape our personal, social, economic and political lives? The course will include a theoretical survey of social media, their historic development, their characteristics, motivations to use them or to refrain from using them. We will examine the role of social media in a variety of areas, including interpersonal connections, professional life, cultural participation, and civic and political participation.

Course/Module aims:

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Survey the history that has led to the rise of social media as we know them
- Analyze the role of social media in personal, social and political life, from the potentials to the challenges
- Analyze the characteristics of different social media, motivations to use them or refrain from their use, and the complex strategies used to achieve goals through them

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:

Course/Module Content:
Theoretical survey of social media
Historical trajectory leading to the rise of social media
Motivations for use or refrainment
Role of social media in personal, cultural and political life

Required Reading:
To be announced

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 60 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 10 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 30 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.