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Issues of trust, identity, and evaluating credibility, are central to any consideration of knowledge claims within the context of social media communication and public debate more broadly. This subject will engage with a range of new theoretical understandings and empirical data under the rubric of ‘cyberpsychology’ to gain critical assessments of this fast-changing field. Topics such as online identity, online relationships and dating, pornography, children’s use of the internet, cyber bullying, online games and gambling, and deception and online crime will comprise the core elements of study.
Intended learning outcomes
Students that successfully complete this subject should:
- develop an understanding of critical approaches to and recent developments in the field of cyberpsychology as it relates to online identity, online relationships and dating, pornography, children's use of the internet, cyberbullying, online games and gambling, and deception and online crime;
- develop the disciplinary knowledge and intellectual capacity to apply a range of creative approaches to problem solving in response to current issues in media and communication.
- develop an understanding of how to critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative methods to research topics in the field of cyberpsychology.
- develop the potential for high level analysis, critical thinking and conceptual sophistication in academic research and writing tasks.
- Students will develop their academic writing skills.
Last updated: 18 December 2020