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Social Media & Social Change

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SW751, Section 001

This course teaches students about the role of social media in social change. Students will explore research that demonstrates the ways that social media has changed/is changing the social world. This will include an exploration of the harmful changes that can result from social media (such as mental health issues, and increases in extremism, polarization, and misinformation), as well as the anti-oppressive changes that are possible (such as increases in social connection and community, and the use of social media for activism). Throughout this course, students will also develop their own skills in effective digital presence and activism. Core competencies including critical thinking, social justice, and social equity are also examined and discussed.

Semester: Winter 2022
Instructor: Laura J. Yakas
U-M Class #: 36827
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

Pathway Associations

Community ChangeElective (Host)
Interpersonal Practice
Mgmt & LeadershipElective
Policy & PoliticalElective
Program Evaluation
Older Adults
Children & Families

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