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COMM211 - Social Media and Society

Course Details

Course Code: COMM211 Course ID: 4636 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course explores the practical and theoretical social impacts of computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems, including many different types of technologies, such as social networking sites, email, forums, chat, and online games. Students will engage in the analysis of CMC practices, the social processes and structures that emerge when people use these applications, and the problems and barriers that emerge from use.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • CO1: Students will understand the different definitions of social media.
  • CO2: Students will identify specific examples of how social media is used to foster informative and persuasive communication.
  • CO3: Understand ways social media tools can be used in education as a learning tool and as a means of communication between students, faculty and alumni.
  • CO4: Explore how social media is used in integrated marketing communication.
  • CO5: Identify how social media can impact civic engagement in society.
  • CO6: Examine social media and its impact on intercultural communication.
  • CO7: Identify the potential dangers and risks when utilizing social media as a primary means of communication.
  • CO8: Examine legal and ethical issues relating to privacy, intellectual property and the Fourth Amendment.C


In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.


Web Site URL/Address

Social networking myths for business myths-about-social-networking-for-business/

Kony Craze

Mass Communication Theory

Pros & Cons of Social Media

Small Business Chronicle

Book Title:New Media and Society - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:NYU Press Lib
Author:Rohlinger, Deana
Unit Cost:$77.51
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.