Course ObjectiveAfter successful completion of this course, students are expected to be
• gain deeper insight into the core themes of Media Psychology;
• become able to critically describe and evaluate core
media-psychological research about the problems and benefits of new
media use, including Internet addiction, cyberbullying, and social media
• understand the differences of how media-psychological research is
presented in the public versus discussed among scientists;
• learn, as a methodological skill, how to conduct and present a
(small) content analysis.
Course ContentIf a new medium - like the internet or video games – enters society, it
raises concerns and public debates. Some people are euphoric, but many
fear that the new medium will result in a cultural decline and
detrimental effects. Currently, we see such debates evolving around the
use of social media, smart phones, video games, VR, and social robots.
Students and researchers in both Communication Science and Media
Psychology are in charge to provide empirically substantiated answers to
concerned parents, teachers, and policy makers. So, what do we really
know to date about the potentially problematic effects of (new) media?
This course will highlight several
problems and benefits that may be caused by new media, in particular
discussing the empirical evidence related to common worries and concerns
that are voiced in society about new media such as internet and video
games. More specifically, we will take a closer look at topics such as
cyberbullying, cyberslacking, cyberchondriasis, online dating, media
addiction, pornography, online risk behavior, and relationships between
media use and well-being.
In addition to the lectures, you will work on assignments about the
topics of the lectures within groups. In your group, you will work on a
"hands-on" content analysis project that will examine how
scientific research on new media – or problems associated with new media
– are portrayed in the news and information media in general. The
project will conclude with a poster session.
Teaching MethodsLectures and workgroups
Method of AssessmentIndividual paper-pencil examination (70%) and group assignments (30%).
Your group will be graded at a final poster presentation.
LiteraturePrior to each session, you will have to carefully study some
articles related to the topic of the forthcoming session. The related
obligatory readings will be announced on Canvas prior to each
session. The obligatory readings will be available via URLs as PDFs on
internet. In addition, the PowerPoint slides of each session will be
made available on Canvas after each session.
Target AudienceMSc CW students and exchange students; interested students from other
disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Pedagogy).
Additional InformationThe class will be entirely run in English, including the lectures,
correspondence, assessments, and assignments. Foreign exchange students
are very welcome. There are no obligatory requirements. But: We will
discuss a lot of empirical studies, so you should already have a good
knowledge about empirical social sciences, particularly about
experiments, surveys (maybe panel-designs), and the way we report and
interpret statistical results. You should be able to read and understand
methods and results sections in empirical English journal articles. We
appreciate if you show a reflective and participative attitude in the
class. Speaking about interest and motivation, it is helpful if you are
both puzzled and inspired by (media)psychological issues that you
observe in your everyday life.
Presence at the workgroups is mandatory.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||dr. T. Hartmann|
|Examiner||dr. T. Hartmann|
dr. T. Hartmann
D. Petropoulos Petalas
dr. K.E. Balint
prof. dr. E.A. Konijn
E.F. Droog MSc
You need to register for this course yourself
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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