Social Spaces on the Internet:  social ( signals + media )

Fall 2017

Karrie Karahalios
TR  9:30-10:45 am
Siebel Center, Room 1105
Office Hours:  TBD, Siebel Center 4228


Social Spaces on the Internet. The Internet is home to a panoply of varieties of human interaction. Social media, interactive games, telepresence, online environments, and simple text e-mails now mediate our normal experiences of education, medicine, politics, business, sociality, collective action, and more. As the Internet has become an infrastructure for social life and society itself, our ability to measure and represent that society is also transforming.  This class explores the presentation of self in these online spaces from the perspective of social signalling theory.

Upon completion of this course, students will have an up-to-date understanding of the design of social media interfaces with incentive structures from social signaling theory.


There are no required texts for this course.  Recommended reading is listed below for additional information.

1.  Animal Signals by John Maynard Smith and David Harper
2.  The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Erving Goffman
3.  On Individuality and Social Forms by Georg Simmel
4.  The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte


20% class participation (missed classes should be cleared with instructor, 2 missed classes result in a lower letter grade, i.e.  A to A-)

20% class assignments

20% design projects

40% final project/paper

Academic Integrity
For more information, please review the University Student Conduct Code for Academic Integrity.