US universities offering courses to study the art of 'selfies'

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2015 18:29 IST

If you take selfies a little too seriously, US may just be your ideal destination. Universities in the United States have taken the art of clicking pictures of oneself to the next level by introducing courses on the latest social media fad.

Eve Bottando, an Indiana University Northwest communications professor, will explore selfies in a 400-level class this year.

The class will discuss research being done on selfies as well as the questions raised about the society's obsession with the pictures, reported.

Other universities have also introduced courses around the culture of taking selfies.

At University of Southern California (USC), Mark C Marino asks his class to examine five of their own selfies and consider the potential implications from the perspectives of race-ethnicity, socioeconomics, sexuality and gender.

The course is titled #SelfieClass, a new spin on Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity, according to BTRread.

Students are instructed to broaden their understanding of themselves, the world, and their place in it.

Marino believes that the likes, comments and followers gained from a selfie post on social media carry a much deeper meaning beyond the increase in online friends and animated hearts.

A similar class is available at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the Digital Humanities department, Miriam Posner teaches a course called Selfies, Snapchat and CyberBullies: Coming of Age Online.

There is also a Selfies Research Network composed of an international group of intellectuals who examine the social and cultural significance of the selfies in modern era.


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