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Crispin Simon Thurlow
COM 482
Seattle Campus

Interpersonal Media

Examines the relationships and groups formed through digital social media. Focuses on how people manage interactions and identities, develop interpersonal relationships, engage in collaboration and conflict, and develop communities in online environments. Involves both the study and use of network-based computer-mediated systems.

Class description

This course will offer you a task-based introduction to computer mediated communication (CMC) and the impact of the internet on social interaction. On other words, this course looks at the internet from the perspective of interpersonal communication.

The course is divided into four main strands of acivity which will require you to (1) learn basic theory, (2) critique central issues, (3) explore your own areas of interest, and (4) apply a range of practical knowledge about online communication technologies.

Amongst other things, COM 482 aims to:

- provide you with a foundation to the social and communicative nature of the internet; - enable you to engage with the key theoretical issues associated with computer mediated communication; - equip you with the necessary research and technical skills as a stimulus to independent CMC inquiry.

You will learn a lot while doing this course but you will also have to work quite hard because the course is about practical acivities and theoretical understanding. You do not, however, have to be a computer scientist to take COM 482 - CMC is about studing human communication and not about how digital technology works. There will be technical things to do but I will show you how!

Please see the course website for more information.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Crispin Simon Thurlow
Date: 03/22/2005