This is the blog for SMC316H1S: SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY AND NETWORKS, a course taught by https://www.ischool.utoronto.ca/faculty/leslie-regan-shadeat the Faculty of Information, in the Winter 2017 semester at St. Michael’s College, Book and Media Studies Program.
This course will explore the roles, functions, and increasing embeddedness of interpersonal, social, technologically-mediated networks in our everyday lives and quotidian practices. We will consider social media in order to engage in critical conversations about the consequences of “new media” for our culture, relationships, political economy, social institutions and policy formations. Students will gain an understanding of social media through active participation, exploration, and reading of various theories, platforms, and perspectives. Students will consider aspect of new media that have the potential to both support and hinder sociality. Using social media and drawing on interdisciplinary literature, this course will delve into dominant, contemporary discourses about technology, society and policy.