PSYC 410
Psychology of the Internet Fall 2024
Division III

Class Details

This course will explore the impact of the internet and digital technologies on human behavior, cognition, and society. We will draw from theoretical frameworks and empirical research across psychological subdisciplines as well as popular media sources. Specific topics will include online identity formation, digital communities, the psychological effects of social media, the proliferation of conspiracy theories and other extreme content, and the interplay between technology and mental health. Larger goals of the course include: using scientific data to understand real-world phenomena; crafting evidence-based arguments in conversation and in written form; leading and participating in productive group discussions; and equipping ourselves with analytical tools to navigate and contribute to the digital landscape thoughtfully and ethically.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1694
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly readings, leading and participating in class discussion, writing three 5-7 page papers.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Senior psychology majors
Distributions: Division III

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