WRITING 200 - Writing with Digital and Social Media
Winter 2022, Section 005 - Social Media Lifecycles: Problems, Predictions, and Breakthroughs
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.


Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:


Is this online universe burning you out? Does checking your phone feel more like an addiction than a tool-based technical action? Are you feeling less, instead of more, trusting of news and relationships the more you use social media? Is it difficult to recall a time when it wasn’t like this? Would you like to?

In this course, we will trace the history of social media through a user-based perspective to learn and analyze the ways specific platforms have died, grown, and evolved. We will also consider social and cultural dynamics that underpin these social media technologies and track our own social media habits. Reading for this course will be wide-ranging and include work from theorists, platform developers, social scientists, and essayists. The primary goal of this course is to promote the critical thinking and media literacy skills needed to effectively use and navigate social media spaces in purposeful, human ways.


Course Requirements:

Major assignments for this course include a historical analysis of a social media platform, an autoethnography about your personal relationship with social media, and a digital project that draws on what you’ve learned in the course to help others participate in this online universe in more practical and mindful ways.

Intended Audience:

This is an interdisciplinary class with no prerequisite. All interested students are welcome. This class fulfills one of the Minor in Writing requirements.

Class Format:

In person, Seminar style


WRITING 200 - Writing with Digital and Social Media
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for WRITING 200.005

View/Buy Textbooks


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for WRITING 200 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)