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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
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify specific examples of how social media is used to foster informative and persuasive communication.
  • Understand ways that social media tools can enhance learning, collaboration, and connectedness between and among students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Discover ways that social media are used within companies to proactively address strategic communication functions.
  • Explain ways that social media can impact civic engagement, considering the ways it can engender intercultural communication.
  • Explain important legal and ethical issues relating to privacy and intellectual property.

Reading Assignments: Your reading assignments will aid you with forum discussions and assignments. You will be evaluated on your reading assignments through four quizzes throughout the course.

Supplemental Readings: Supplemental reading assignments are for students who wish to delve further into the subject matter. Supplemental readings are also useful sources for assignments and forums. Forums will be graded based on content, and using supplemental readings as sources is highly encouraged.

Forum Assignments: Forum assignments will evaluated on content and grammar. You are required to complete forum assignments weekly and also provide two responses to classmates’ forums thread as well.

Homework Assignments: Homework assignments will be graded based on your level of critical thinking and ability to articulate your understanding of the subject matter presented for the respective assignment.

Exams/Quizzes: Quizzes will be multiple choice and exams will be a mixture of multiple choice and essay answers.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Quizzes 10.00 %
Week 7: Quiz- 4 2.50 %
Week 6: Quiz-3 2.50 %
Week 3: Quiz-2 2.50 %
Week 2: Quiz-1 2.50 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 3: Assignment 2: Journal Article Analysis 10.00 %
Week 5: Assignment 3: Social Media and Marketing 10.00 %
Week 1: Assignment 1: Your Favorite Social Media 10.00 %
Week 7: Assignment 4: Social Media and the Courts 10.00 %
Exams 10.00 %
Week 4: Midterm Exam 5.00 %
Week 8: Final 5.00 %


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:Social Media: Usage and Impact - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Author:Hana S. Noor Al-Deen
Unit Cost:$40.78
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.