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COM 352: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Description
With the proliferation of technologically advanced social media (e.g., Facebook, chat, Twitter) available at the fingertips of individuals through multiple channels (e.g., phone, iPad, laptop, online video games), interpersonal relationships are being affected. Negotiating this relatively new, understudied, and quickly evolving terrain can present relational difficulties for a variety of relationships types. Students in this class will gain a thorough understanding of multiple communication platforms and the communication theory that can explain the interactions occurring in each platform, as well as improve their mediated communication skills to enhance interpersonal relationships.

Learning Outcome
• Explain similarities and differences in communication across a variety of social media platforms
• Identify beneficial and harmful communicative practices in their own interpersonal relationships
• Develop and refine strategies to improve interpersonal communication via social media
• Apply communication theory to understanding communication through social media