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Communication and Digital Media Studies – Social Media Advocacy and Activism minor


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Description


Advocacy (arguing in support of a specific cause, policy, or set of ideas) is core to activism (organizing, educating, campaigning, and protesting for social change). In the 21st century, the Internet and social media are integral to the organization and social impact of every advocacy and activist movement. From online networks to the streets to the state, all kinds of advocates and activists are using social media to raise consciousness about social problems, advance solutions, and catalyze real change. #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and #Green New Deal moves across Twitter; YouTube is a massive informational battlespace between influencers across the political spectrum; and everywhere online, ordinary people are posting, liking sharing support for many social causes. The minor in Social Media Advocacy and Activism consists of 7 courses (21 credit hours). Students learn the foundations of social media and strategic communications studies, and then choose from a list of courses related to specific areas in media advocacy and activism. The minor is available to all students in any major program in any faculty at Ontario Tech University.* A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the minor courses is required to successfully complete the Creative Industries and Popular Culture minor.

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