It’s that time of the year again for course renewals and I am happy to say this project will return to the University of South Florida Honors College for the Spring 2012 semester. The course has been upgraded a bit; the new course description is as follows:
“Social Media, Social Change” is a 100% hands on class where USF Honors students learn about the power of social media as part of raising awareness and much needed funds for charity. As part of the course the students run a charity project which collects and ships school supplies to U.S. troops for delivery to poor children in Afghanistan. During the class students will study the operations of three different non-profits (School Supplies for Afghan Children, Wounded Warrior Project and ReMIND.org (the Bob Woodruff Foundation) and run a social media and fundraising campaign including organizing a special event themselves. Students will attend a field trip to MacDill Air Force Base and also visit James Haley VA Hospital in addition to learning from various guest speakers. The core goal of this course is to expose students to issues that deeply impact active duty members of the U.S. military and their families as well as veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; we will spend time learning about the key injuries of these wars – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The course is ideal to those students who are interested in medicine and/or working for or volunteering for educational or charitable organizations that operate in third world countries. (The course has no exams – only hands on projects. No textbook – all required reading is posted online. Weekly social media assignments include blogging, Twitter and Facebook.) The course is capped at 12 students.