2021 Annenberg Summer Courses

Undergraduate Communication Courses Offered During Penn's Summer Sessions
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24 May 2021 - 8:00am to 06 Aug 2021 - 8:00pm
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University of Pennsylvania
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Virtual Courses Offered During Summer Session I: May 24 – June 30

COMM 290: Happy, Sappy, Creepy: Social Media and Feeling (Jaber)
Course Online: Synchronous & Asynchronous Components
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:15pm-3:15pm

Why does Zoom make you sad? Why does it feel good to troll online? Has digital media desensitized us, or are we more sensitized than ever? In the context of protests against systemic injustice across the world, a global pandemic, and rising inequalities, our relationship with digital media is more complicated than ever. This course discusses call-outs, trolling, leaks, scandals, and activism online through the lens of the emotional, thinking about the pleasure, fear, outrage, disgust, shame, and joy that come with these everyday practices. We'll also examine the ways that our emotions are monetized, shaping and reshaping the platforms we interact with. By developing a critical eye to the platforms we use to protest, socialize, pay bills, and scroll through on a Sunday night, we'll also learn about the way that emotion powers university life, the corporate world, and political movements. Throughout the course, we will read articles and engage with media, including podcasts, videos, and other mediums. This course will help students who want to learn about both the theoretical and practical components of social media, whether you are interested in a career in industry, activism, or academia.

Virtual Courses Offered During Summer Session II: July 1 – August 6

COMM 290: Introduction to Network Analysis (Yang and Zhou)
Course Online: Synchronous & Asynchronous Components
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:15pm-3:50pm

This introductory course is designed to bring you the necessary knowledge and techniques to understand, analyze, interpret, and visualize networks. Lectures will cover major theories and models in the field of network analysis, while in-class labs will teach you how to use software to analyze real-world network data. No previous coding or statistics knowledge is required. The course will teach you how to collect and manage network data, and how to analyze that data using measures of centrality, popularity, clustering, etc. The goal of this course is to provide you with basic knowledge of network methods and theories, and allow you to familiarize with network analysis software. By the end of the course, you should be able to apply network thinking to everyday social phenomena.

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