[Air-L] Syllabus suggestions - phD seminar in online relationships

mhward mhward at usyd.edu.au
Thu Aug 6 15:56:27 PDT 2009

I¹ve found a book entitled Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and
Communities in the Internet Age by Mary Chayko to be a useful high-level
overview that puts internet communities into the context of both our
everyday and less usual relationships. It blurs the binary online/offline
distinctions very nicely.


On 7/08/09 5:50 AM, "Nicole Ellison" <nellison at msu.edu> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am currently putting together my syllabus for a PhD-level seminar
> focusing on the Internet and social relationships, and am interested
> in seeing similar syllabi or recommendations for scholarship that
> should be included. To give you a sense of the topic, currently I plan
> to include readings on the following: historical overview of
> technology & social interactions; social networks & how they are
> reshaped by communication technologies, self-presentation and
> impression formation processes, online/offline interactions,
> friendship, and new theorizing about the topic. I currently am
> considering work by Wellman, Walther, Baym, Baron, boyd, and others
> whose last names do not start with W or B. Please send me suggestions
> you might have for pieces you feel are particularly  important,
> interesting, or innovative. Alternatively I'd love to see syllabi for
> related classes, grad or undergrad.
> Thank you!
> Nicole
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