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MA/MSc IN CREATING SOCIAL MEDIA

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Josephine Berry Slater <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi all,

Please see details of a new course run by Goetz Bachmann and Dan 
McQuillian in Creating Social Media to begin this autumn at Goldsmiths 
College, London. Other participating lecturers include Matthew Fuller 
and Bernard Stiegler and applications will be taken up until the closing 
date 31st July 2011.

Many thanks

Josie


MA/MSc IN CREATING SOCIAL MEDIA

What does social media look like after recent events in North Africa and 
the UK? What will you create? This unique theory/practice programme 
combines computing and cultural studies to provide people with the 
practical and critical skills to shape the future of social media. The 
MA/MSc is a collaborative theory/practice programme across the 
Department of Computing and the Centre for Cultural Studies, and is part 
of the newly launched Centre for Creative and Social Technologies.

Based on global examples, we will explore the technological and 
intellectual questions that have risen to prominence with the social 
web. We'll critique existing approaches and tools, and plan, develop, 
hack and implement ground-breaking applications and campaigns. We will 
not only analyse: we will create.


New social media platforms, at their best, develop new online forms of 
connecting, relating, sharing and competing. Effective and innovative 
social media creation, therefore, involves deep theoretical and 
practical knowledge of both software development and social processes. 
The MA/MSc will teach people how to develop and hack social media 
software, how social worlds operate, how software tools enable different 
forms of social practice, and how new social media projects can be 
launched successfully. Graduates will accelerate the impact of social 
media in their chosen field.

Participants will become proficient in

- Computing skills in software development for new social media 
platforms, mashups, apps, and tools. This includes both coding and data 
skills, and a hacker approach

- Theories of social processes and in methods to research them.

- Adapting social media to a variety of technological contexts and to 
the needs of specific communities

- Surfacing the assumptions and limitations embedded in software

- Critically assessing contemporary discourses about social media and 
social change

- Project managing social media ventures, and keeping users included at 
all stages

- Creating social media interventions that address social processes in 
new ways.


Official web page:  http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-creating-social-media/ - 
here you can also read about the modules (Digital Sandbox, Mediating the 
Social, Software Studies, Digital Research Methods, Internships, and so 
on).

Developerís blog: http://macreatingsocialmedia.wordpress.com/ - comments 
and ideas WELCOME!


If you would like to find out more about the course or to apply please 
contact d.mcquillan [AT] gold.ac.uk and g.bachmann [AT] gold.ac.uk.


NB: The closing date for applications is 31st July 2011



-- 
Josephine Berry Slater
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