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Social Media for Public Service Professionals

As a public or nonprofit professional, you can no longer ignore social media. 

Whether you choose to opt-out of these technologies, fully embrace them, or find a middle ground, this decision is becoming increasingly relevant to our work.

Portland State’s College of Urban and Public Affairs is now offering a 3-credit course which will explore the social media landscape and its influence on our world and provide hands-on training for evaluating and using social media tools in the context of a strategic public engagement program. 

Along with short papers, a final project will consist of developing a comprehensive social media plan for a real organization. If you’ve been waiting to implement such a plan in your workplace, here’s your chance!

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Registration Information

Currently Closed for Registration

This course is offered through the Public Administration Division for three undergraduate (PA 410) or three graduate (PA 510) credits. 

Course Name: Social Media for Public Service Professionals

Instructors: Chris Palmedo and Thomas Frank

Undergraduate Course Number: PA 410

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Graduate Course Number: PA 510

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