How Media Got Social
Curtin University
  • Start Date: 29 Jan, 2018
  • Self-Paced
  • Study Content: Videos

Discover where social media came from, how it became integral to our everyday lives, and how that has changed the way we communicate.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: 49.00 USD


Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and Edx partnership.

Social media and online communication dominate our daily lives in an unprecedented manner. Wireless connectivity, mobile devices and wearable technologies mean that social media is always on, always part of everyday life for billions of people across the world.

While the term ‘social media’ is barely a decade old, the story of how people started using the internet in a social manner is a much longer and more interesting one. This course will increase learners’ understanding of social media by looking at the ways networked connectivity let users become 'social', how this was amplified with the emergence of the web, and how social media became the default mode of the mobile web we use today.

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Curtin University

Curtin University is Western Australia's largest and most culturally diverse university, with more than 53,000 students from over 130 countries. As a world-class, internationally focused institution, Curtin’s mission is to change minds, lives and the world through leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and research.


Curtin is ranked amongst the world’s best. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, Curtin asserted its position amongst the top two per cent of universities worldwide, thanks to its growing reputation as a research-intensive university. In the Times Higher Education 2015 top 100 universities under 50 years of age, Curtin ranked at 81 worldwide.


Curtin is committed to improving the digital learning experience for all students through creating high quality interactive MOOC’s on highly desired topics.

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