20 credits at level HE6
To draw on research from psychology, sociology, criminology, philosophy and human-computer interaction to examine how interaction in cyberspace can influence the way we, and those we interact with in that medium, think, behave and develop as individuals both online and off and the impact of the internet on theoretical models within the above named disciplines.
A History of the Internet and Cyberspace in a Psychological Context
Online Personae: Impression Management and Formation
“Masks and Masquerades”: Role Play, Fantasy and Deceit in Cyberspace
“Flaming and Fighting”: The Psychology of Aggression on the Net
Interpersonal Attraction in Cyberspace: Cybersex
Group Dynamics in Cyberspace – Virtual Communities
Cybercrimes and the Psychology of Cybercriminality
Impact of Internet on Social Constructionist Models
Addiction to Cyberspace
The Internet as a Therapeutic Environment
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of class contact, one study/revision week followed by an end of module time-limited assessment in Week 14. Each session will consist of a lecture or a lecture/ workshop
2 sessions will be devoted to “collecting data” within cyberspace, including an observational study in an asynchronous discussion forum and a group “experimental” exercise in a synchronous venue (e.g private chat room)
The coursework assessment will involve writing a report on the outcomes of these two exercises.
The second assessment comprises a 3 hour time-limited assessment based on selection of topics drawn from the syllabus. Standard essay format will be required for answers.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate a critical understanding of how interaction in cyberspace can influence the way we behave and develop as individuals both online and off||Critical appriasal of a number of current debates regarding the mechanisms of impression management, person perception and the function and consequences of role play and agression in online enivonments|
|2.||Show awareness of the reciprocal nature of online interaction||
Critical appreciation of how our own online behaviour becomes an integral part of the online psychological experiences (and potentially the psyche) of others
|3.||Demonstrate clear understanding of how findings on the effects of engagement and interaction in cyberspace may cause paradigmatic shifts in many social science disciplines.||Ability to critically discuss how the internet is likely to adjust our understanding of fundamental issues such as the nature of mind/consciousness, “self”, group dynamics and the mechanisms of motivated behaviours and addictions|
|4.||Show critical appreciation of the pros and cons of the internet for human and social development||
The ability to critically assess the impact of the internet on psychological and social development and how we might shape its use to maximise its range of benefits for mankind.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2000 word report on two practical exercises conducted in cyberspace.||Three hour unseen examination paper requiring students to answer 3 / 6 unseen questions drawn from topics on the syllabus|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Greenfield D N (1999) Virtual Addiction. Oakland CA: New Harbinger Publications
Hewson C, et al (2002) Internet Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Thousand Oaks: Sage
Morgan K, et al (eds) (2004) Human Perspectives in the Internet Society: Culture, Psychology and Gender. Southampton UK: WIT Press.
Riva G, et al (eds) (2004) Cybertherapy: Internet and Virtual Reality as Assessment and Rehabilitation Tools for Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
Wallace P (1999) The Psychology of the Internet. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Waskul D D and Jones S (Eds) (2003) Self-Games and Body Play: Personhood in Online Chat and Cybersex. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.
Young K S (2001) Cybersex: Uncovering the Secret World of Internet Sex. London UK: Carlton Books
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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