Salford Uni launches Facebook degree

June 12, 2009 | 09:57

Tags: #social-media

Companies: #university-of-salford

In case you hadn't decided on your degree subject yet – or fancied getting another qualification – how's about earning a Masters-level degree in social networking?

According to TechRadar, the University of Salford is set to offer a MA/PgDip in Social Media – unofficially referred to as the “Facebook Degree.”

Aimed – apparently – at the next-generation of public relations and marketing bods who see social networking as a brilliant tool to reach the masses and get the word out, the course offers “a unique insight into how social media can change lives, a thorough grounding in theory augmented with real world projects, [and] excellent links with the media and creative industry.

According to the university's Course Finder, the course is considered suitable for “creative social entrepreneurs, people who want to make a change to themselves and communities, deploying media for social good.” Lucky students will enjoy “Skills Workshops – covering Video, Audio, and online skills, Defining the Digital, Engaging the Community, and Creative working” modules – whatever they might be.

Once the Facebook degree is complete, alumni will leave “equipped to work in a variety of institutions engaging with social media[, including] the traditional broadcasters who are gradually entering the field as well as new community and third sector organisations who need social media to work for them and their clients.

Course leader Professor Ben Light believes that the course can offer “a massive potential [to] bring communities together, whether they're geographical or online” and that social media “can be a way of doing social good and by giving students the skills and experience to implement effective technology and strategies, we hope they'll be able to make a difference.

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