UL launches new social media module for undergraduate students

11 Dec 2012

University of Limerick campus

University of Limerick (UL) is launching a new module in social media for arts undergraduate students, starting from January. According to the university, the new module will place a strong emphasis on the use of social media in teaching and learning.

UL said arts undergraduates, including students undertaking the BA in journalism and new media and the BA in new media and English, will be able to take the social media module initially, with lecturers using a variety of e-teaching techniques to teach classes.

Areas that will be covered will include the democratising power of social media and the role it plays in modern society. Students will also study techniques including geo-location, tweet verification, and ethical issues when using social media.

Tom Felle, head of the journalism section at UL, said the new module would help cement the university’s reputation for its media courses.

“Social media is now part of the fabric of who we are. It impacts on all of our lives. It’s crucial that future graduates understand its significance, and are social media literate,” he said.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic