Researching Social Media Publics

MDA30012 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students

Duration

  • 1 semester or equivalent
     

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods

Hawthorn

Higher Ed. Semester 2

Dates:
1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

Results:
6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

Census:
31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1 Teaching Period 3

Dates:
14 Mar 22 - 12 Jun 22

Results:
5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
27 Mar 22

Census:
8 Apr 22

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Apr 22

Dates:
7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

Results:
28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

Census:
2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22


Prerequisites

50 Credit Points at Level 2

Aims and objectives

Social media applications and platforms are increasingly defining the way we communicate. These technologies shape many areas of social life and affect the kinds of ‘publics’ that form out of networked communication. Social media changes the ways commercial enterprise develops a customer base, the way emergency services communicate with locals during times of crisis, how people come together to protest or celebrate and how health and education are experienced. Researching Social Media Publics introduces research methodologies for analysing such sites of social media practice. It is part of the social media major and minor and also works as a pathway to postgraduate study.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critically analyse current methodologies for researching social media technologies, practices and processes
2. Define, describe and analyse core concepts, theories and issues facing the emergence of social media technologies and platforms and their implications for society
3. Prepare and deliver an oral presentation that evaluates current research into one area of social media practice addressed within the unit
4. Plan and undertake research into a significant issue concerning a site of social media use and practice
 
2021 
 
Social media applications and platforms are increasingly defining the way we communicate. These technologies shape many areas of social life and affect the kinds of ‘publics’ that form out of networked communication. Social media changes the ways commercial enterprise develops a customer base, the way emergency services communicate with locals during times of crisis, how people come together to protest or celebrate and how health and education are experienced. Researching Social Media Publics introduces research methodologies for analysing such sites of social media practice. It is part of the social media major and minor and also works as a pathway to postgraduate study.  

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