Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    May 25, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019
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PSY-777 Positive Media Psychology

4 semester credits
This course examines the major tenets of positive psychology and how they are can be applied to media and beyond. Among the topics to be covered are: The deconstruction of happiness and how distinguishing between hedonic and eudaimonic happiness impacts the conceptualization of media use and enjoyment; the role of empathy and altruism in Internet behaviors; how the role of attachment and affiliation manifest in social media; the neuroscience of positive emotions; the role of social and mobile technologies in individual and collective agency; the positive power of storytelling in making social change and designing games and transmedia narratives for flow.
Pre-requisites: PSY-525 , PSY-533  
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):  

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and major concepts of positive psychology in the context of media and technology. Explanation: Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the history and impact of positive psychology in the field of psychology and to identifying the primary theories and areas of inquiry in the context of media and technology use and development.
  2.  Ability to link behavioral goals with positive psychology theory in media. Explanation: Demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply positive psychology as a framework for behavioral and emotional impact within the context of media and technology use, development and analysis.
  3. Extend positive psychology scholarship to identification of real world problems where media technologies have impact or offer viable solutions. Explanation: Ability to apply positive psychology in the field, to identify problems and develop appropriate interventions and solutions that take advantage of media and technology affordances and leverage.

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