Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PSY3161

 
TITLE Cyberpsychology

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION Study-unit content will be covered through lectures, classroom demonstrations, assigned article readings, and discussion sessions. Topics covered in the study-unit will include the representation of the self and identity management in online environments; demographic and cultural differences in online behaviors; health behaviors and mental health online; risk behaviors and aggression in cyberspace; psychological interventions and psychotherapy online and in virtual reality. Research methods and ethics in researching online behaviors will also be discussed.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to introduce the students to the emerging field of research and practice in Cyberpsychology. Students will learn how to apply psychological concepts and theories to explain and explore human behavior in online environments.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. Demonstrate clear understanding of Cyberpsychology research methods;
b. Critically evaluate the application of psychological concepts and theories to the study of human behavior online;
c. Describe and critically evaluate main areas of Cyberpsychology research and practice;
d. Critically examine the effects of modern digital technologies on human functioning and well-being.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. Demonstrate competence in the critical evaluation of both published and unpublished sources with regards to Cyberpsychology;
b. Demonstrate ability to critically assess and comment on the ethical aspects of data collection and research in online environments;
c. Demonstrate competence in the identification of possible applications of Cyberpsychology for health and social-wellbeing.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts:

- Whitty, M.T., Young, G. (2016). Cyberpsychology: The Study of Individuals, Society and Digital Technology. BPS Blackwell

Supplementary readings (optional readings):

- Norman, K.L. (2017). Cyberpsychology: An Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction. Cambridge University Press.
- Joinson, A., McKenna, K., Postmes, T., Reips, U. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Oxford University Press.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 25%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 75%

 
LECTURER/S Olga Bogolyubova
Vanessa Camilleri
Matthew Montebello
Georgios N. Yannakakis

 
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