Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6231
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 金4/Fri.4
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市外濠‐S603
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 200-level Intermediate Courses(中級)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 200-level Intermediate Courses
Linguistics and Language Acquisition

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
The world of social media has led to a revolution in how we express ourselves and interact with others; the way we consume and disseminate information grows ever more complex. This increased use of computer-mediated communication means that analysis is now more critical than ever. This course aims to make sense of our digital lives by joining the dots between language, the parts of the web we use in daily life and its impact on our world.

【到達目標 / Goal】
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Understand the use of social media from an academic perspective
• Engage in scholarly discussion about social media, using appropriate ideas and terminology
• Interpret linguistic analysis on social media discourse
• Consider the wider social implications of the lives we lead online

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
The classes will be a mixture of lecture-based teaching and discussion, with students invited to share their own experiences. Each week we will actively engage with a social, political or ethical question regarding social media use and how it shapes our world. We will also look at the theoretical approaches scholars use to investigate the impact of the language we use on the web. Submission of assignments and feedback will be via the Learning Management System.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineIntroduction Introduction
2 対面/face to faceFrom Myspace to TikTok How did social media evolve? What is its place in the wider historical context of computer-mediated communication?
3 対面/face to faceSocial Media and Linguistics How does a linguist approach social media and the different aspects of language?
4 対面/face to faceNetspeak: Changes in Language From LOL to the emoji – how has the internet shaped the way in which we communicate?
5 対面/face to faceCommunicating IRL Is social media "ruining" language?
6 対面/face to faceThe Power of Social Media What part did social media play in the Capitol Hill riots?
7 対面/face to faceReview and Midterm midterm assessment In-class review and midterm task based on content thus far
8 対面/face to faceEnglish as a Lingua Franca and Code Switching Does the internet further the global dominance of English?
9 対面/face to faceFrom Anonymity to Self-promotion Are we ever ourselves on social media?
10 対面/face to faceThe Great Privacy Debate What are the implications of social media on privacy?
11 対面/face to faceAnti-social Social Media What can be done about trolls and online bullying?
12 対面/face to faceConstructing Virtual
How do we use language to form groups?
13 対面/face to faceThe End of Society Is social media making us less social offline?
14 対面/face to faceFinal Exam and Wrap Up End-of-course assessment and review

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbook will be required in class, materials will be supplied by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Crystal, D. (2006). Language and the Internet (Second Edition). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
Jones, R. H., & Hafner, C. A. (2021). Understanding digital literacies: A practical introduction (Second edition). London, England: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Page, R. E., Barton, D., Unger, J., & Zappavigna, M. (2014). Researching language and social media: A student guide. London, England: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Tagg, C. (2015). Exploring digital communication: Language in action. London, England: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Tagg, C., Seargeant, P., & Brown, A. A. (2017). Taking offence on social media: Conviviality and communication on Facebook. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Zappavigna, M. (2015). Discourse of Twitter and social media: How we use language to create affiliation on the web. London, England: Bloomsbury.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Class participation 15%, assignments 15%, midterm exam 30%, final exam 40%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Following student suggestions, there will be more time allocated for group discussions to facilitate a sharing of ideas and experiences.

【学生が準備すべき機器他 / Equipment student needs to prepare】
Please bring a laptop computer to every class. If access to a laptop computer is difficult, please inform the instructor.