May 22, 2019  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts 
    
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ENGL 241 - Blogs, Tweets and Social Media

4 credits
This course explores the relationship between audience, purpose and text in a cross-section of electronic formats, including tweets, blogs, Facebook posts, discussion groups, text messages, and various social media and curation sites. Students develop criteria for evaluating each form of writing, find examples, assess what makes them effective (including questions of ethics and responsibility), consider the decoding skills they demand from readers, and practice the form. The course also explores broader social, ethical, and philosophical issues raised by these media and considers the positive and negative aspects of various forms of online communication and the ways they can be used to brand individuals and products. Students are not expected to be familiar with all forms of social media before entering the course, although some of the class writing will be in these formats and students will be asked to develop a coherent online presence. Prerequisites: DSEM 100  with a grade of D- or higher.  WRTG 103  with a grade of C- or higher. CLA-Breadth/Interdisciplinary, CLA-Writing Intensive



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