Purdue Global Concord Law School launches free social media law micro-credential

WEST LAFAYETTE – Social media continues its rampant growth. From Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to LinkedIn, and Reddit to YouTube, these virtual platforms have changed the way people communicate, conduct business, and live their lives.

In response to this ever-burgeoning enterprise, Concord Law School at Purdue Global is launching a social media law micro-credential. This free, self-paced course will provide a deeper understanding of the legal issues related to social media. With instruction from Concord Law School faculty, students will study social media law fundamentals in four modules and develop knowledge that can be immediately applied to their career, education, or personal life.

Martin Pritikin, Purdue Global vice president and dean of Concord Law School

“Social media is such a pervasive part of our lives, but most people aren’t aware of the numerous legal issues that may be raised, both as individuals and as employees, any time they post, share or comment,” said Martin Pritikin, Purdue Global Vice President and Dean of Concord Law School. “Concord is pleased to be able to offer a free micro-credential in social media law that can provide useful background for lay people and legal professionals alike.”

The four modules and topics covered are:

Introduction to Social Media Law

  • Social media law basics
  • Social media-based deals and offers and contract law
  • Service of the process via social media

Intellectual Property

  • Intellectual property overview
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks

Free Speech and Its Limitations

  • Freedom of speech vs. harmful speech
  • Libel laws and privacy issues

Social Media Policy and Ethics

  • Social media ethics, regulatory compliance, and policy development
  • Social media use in litigation
  • Social media marketing issues
  • Privacy law in social media