Brief Course Description: This course explores the applications of theories of psychology to human interaction via the Internet. Topics include communications networks, group dynamics, cross cultural values and human/machine interaction.
Required Text: Suler, J.. (1996). The Psychology of Cyberspace.
Course Outline (For specific assignments check Course Calendar.)
The Psychological Qualities of Cyberspace
Individuals in Cyberspace
Dyadic Behaviors in Cyberspace
Additional readings will be discussed as they are relevant for
the topics. Students will find, summarize and analyze research articles
on the Psychology of the Internet.
Bulletin Boards: Class discussion of the course readings will take place face to face as well as virtually using the two course bulletin boards. All students are required to post discussion in the Named Bulletin Board. Students may also discuss the materials in the Anonymous Bulletin Board. Students who chose to do so should create an identifier for themselves that will remain the same throughout the course to allow for meaningful discussion.
Application Assignments: Students will have opportunity to apply the principles of internet psychology through their own web site construction, e-mail use, and other mini-assignments.
Course Project: Student teams will produce an application of
psychological theory and research to human interaction on the internet..
The application should be accompanied by a written users guide that explains
the psychological principles incorporated. The guide should include
a review of relevant literature and annotated bibliography. Excellent
applications will be elgible to reside on the Westminster College Department
of Psychology home page as long as they are relevant for Internet
Final Exam 20%
Bulletin Board 20%
Course Project 20%