Teaching | Rob Thomson
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Teaching

I currently teach one course per semester while completing my PhD. As part of my lab at Hokkaido University, I also co-supervise undergraduate graduation theses.

Current Teaching

  • present2015

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Social Informatics
    Hokkaido University of Science

    Lecturing mainly on computer mediated communication (CMC) theories, as well as some ‘traditional’ media effects theory. 15 week undergraduate course, taught entirely in Japanese.

  • present2013

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Media Effects Theory: Beyond the West
    Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan

    This course consists of two 90-minute sessions per week. The first session is a lecture based on Glenn Sparks’ Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview (2013). This sets the stage for comparing and contrasting Japanese scholars’ research on similar topics covered in Sparks’ textbook. Students read one Japan-related paper per week, covering issues such as uses and gratifications of media, news and politics, persuasion, media violence, sexual content in the media, Internet psychology etc. Assessment is in the form of an original research project, based on original data collected by the students. A full syllabus which I developed, including references, can be found on the class website: http://hgu-media-2014.tumblr.com/.

  • present2012

    Undergraduate Thesis Co-Supervisor

    Hokkaido University, Japan

    I have informally supervised one undergraduate thesis (“Preference for anonymity online: a cross-cultural analysis”), and am currently supervising a second.

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