Saturday, April 4, 2009

Master's Degree in Twitter and Facebook Studies?

Inside Higher Ed has a curious article about a UK University that has introduced a new master's degree program in "Twitter Studies." But upon closer reading, the MA is actually in Twitter and Facebook studies. Hmm.

Guess how much it will cost? A walloping $5,930 (that is 876,000 naira) for one year.

I can understand the utility, in fact the necessity, of introducing students to the exciting new world of social media as part of the journalism curriculum. But an entire MA in "Twitter and Facebook Studies"? Have UK universities run out of courses to teach? Read the story below:

Birmingham City University, in Britain, is attracting attention and some skepticism with its announcement that it is starting a new master's degree program in social media, with an emphasis on training people to work in marketing or consulting for those who want to better understand Twitter, Facebook and other popular online services.

One student told The Telegraph: "Virtually all of the content of this course is so basic it can be self taught. In fact most people know all this stuff already. I think it's a complete waste of university resources." One faculty member responded (on Twitter, of course) that the student was "uninformed."


Isabella said...

first!!! Wow that is such a shame and a waste of time and even money sef!

Matt J. Duffy said...

I disagree. Twitter and Facebook are the new communication paradigm -- that university is on the cutting edge of technology and I'm sure those graduates will be able to find work in the communication departments of major corporations who have yet to understand these new media.

Farooq A. Kperogi said...

OK. Good point. My point, though, is: are Facebook and Twitter worth an MA degree? Can't they be just a part of a broad journalism/PR curriculum?