Skip to content

Inaugural TikTok Syllabus (2021)

The TikTok Cultures Research Network is excited to launch our inaugural TikTok Syllabus, which in 2021 focuses on Teaching Socio-cultural Issues on TikTok. Open Access and available for download on our site.

This Syllabus contains ten sections, each recommending readings and resources in the categories of: Conceptual Readings, TikTok Reading, Case Studies, and Multimedia Resources. The sections are structured for educators to incorporate various types of resources into their course syllabus, whether for theoretical development, contextual understandings of TikTok, case studies to investigate a TikTok phenomena in greater detail, or examples as springboards for class discussion. The Syllabus is also intended for researchers who seek a broad overview to explore the growing landscape of TikTok research. While the sections are not exhaustive, this first iteration scopes the current state of the field:

  1. Positioning platform studies
  2. Methodological matters
  3. Governance
  4. Algorithms and affordances
  5. Participation and community
  6. Publics and practices
  7. Identity and visibility
  8. Celebrity and commerce
  9. Credit and copyright
  10. Critical communication and crisis

Suggested citation:
Abidin, Crystal, and D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye. 2021. TikTok Syllabus: Teaching Socio-cultural Issues on TikTok. TikTok Cultures Research Network (TCRN), Social Media Pop Cultures Programme, Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), Curtin University.