PSY208 - Media Psychology

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Subject Title
Media Psychology

Subject Description
A combination of art and science, media psychology is one of the applied sub-fields of psychology. The psychological analysis of human media interaction is a fascinating exploration of the human mind. Each new media innovation raises new psychological questions.  Media Psychology addresses both human behavior and mental processes related to media: Which thoughts and feelings, which physical reactions and actions emerge in different individuals in different situations and cultures, before, during, and after the use of various forms of media? Students will explore issues such as the connection between children, violence, and the media, online infidelity, cyber-sex addiction, child online safety, and video game addiction. Research methods and evaluation tools will play an important role in this course.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences & Social Sciences category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Define and explain the subject matter of media psychology.        
2.  Relate how context, age, exposure and attention relate to effects of media.
3.  Explain how basic psychological principles apply to media effects
4.  Understand media research theories
5.  Explore media psychology issues such as news, violence and sex in an analytical way
6.  Appreciate the relative impact of media on the child versus the adult
7.  Recognize the difference between intended and unintended effects of media
8.  Apply theories of media psychology to emerging technology

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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