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Social Media and Development: Constructing the Self Online
EDST 333
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: PSYC 303

Humans typically develop their view of themselves, or their self-concept, through interactions with others in their community. For adolescents, this takes place typically within school environments and other community institutions as they begin to rely less on their parents. With the dawn of social media, these interactions are taking place on a global scale with increased anonymity. How does this social and technological change impact how teens and young adults form their views of themselves? What implications do these changes have for adults who work with adolescent populations? This course will explore these questions, illuminating an understanding of the accepted model of self-concept development and the impacts of social media. Students will also explore related concepts of self-esteem and social development. This course will use empirical research to examine and critique the overall negative view of social media usage amongst adolescents, and train students to probe commonly accepted viewpoints using careful scholarship. The course will provide a discussion of research standards in the field of social media research and encourage critical evaluation of empirical research.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS EDST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(EDST)(PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

Last Updated on MAY-29-2024
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