Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media

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15 h
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  • From www.futurelearn.com
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  • Free Access
  • Free certificate
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  • 5 Sequences
  • Introductive Level
  • Starts on June 12, 2016
  • Ends on June 17, 2016

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Course details

Syllabus

This free online course is based on the work of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months in fieldsites in Brazil, Chile, industrial and rural China, England, India, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey. What are the consequences of social media? The course offers a new definition of social media which concentrates on the content posted, not just the capabilities of platforms. It examines the increasing importance of images in communication and the reasons why people post memes, selfies and photographs. Over five weeks you will explore the impact of social media on a wide range of topics including politics, education, gender, commerce, privacy and equality. You will come to understand how the consequences of social media vary from region to region. Take a comparative and anthropological approach to social media The course will be taught by the same nine anthropologists who carried out the original fieldwork and who are publishing eleven books based on this research. You will meet many of our informants through our films, engage with our team through video discussions and lectures, and encounter our ideas through animations, infographics and text. Adopting an anthropological and comparative approach, we strive to understand not only how social media has changed the world, but how the world has changed social media. To learn more about our research, see the Why We Post website or read our blog. If you have a question about the project, email whywepost@ucl.ac.uk. Translations of this course can be found on UCLeXtend in the following languages: Chinese, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Turkish.

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

  • Daniel Miller
  • Elisabetta Costa
  • Jolynna Sinanan
  • Juliano Spyer
  • Laura Haapio-Kirk
  • Nell Haynes
  • Razvan Nicolescu
  • Shriram Venkatraman
  • Tom McDonald
  • Xinyuan Wang

Platform

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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