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    Aug 19, 2019  
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PSY-754 The Role of Media in Social Justice

4 semester credits
This course covers theories of psychology (including media, cognitive and social psychology) and communications as foundations to understanding how the audience processes social information presented in media and how we can use that knowledge to work towards increasing social justice in the real world. In addition to theoretical foundations, students can expect to leave the course with an up-to-date knowledge of the research literature on how social groups (including those construed around race, gender, age, sexual orientation and their intersections) have been represented in the media and how the stories we tell about social group members can change audience members’ beliefs and attitudes towards those groups. Other topics include: social media, journalism, online incivility and narrative persuasion.
Pre-requisites: PSY-705 or a background in social psychology recommended.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):
  1. Demonstrate, through writing, posts and the author’s journal, the state of the scientific literature in social representations in media such as gender, race, sexual orientation and their intersections.
  2. Demonstrate, through scholarly writing, posts and author’s notebook entries the theory upon which the scholarly literature on the psychology of social representations in the media rests.
  3. Demonstrate, through scholarly writing, posts and author’s notebook entries the methods commonly applied to the psychology of social representations in the media.
  4. Develop a facility for identifying parts of APA style publications that are important such that this forms the basis of the writing process and develops understanding of the subject matter.



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