Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    May 25, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019
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PSY-753 The Social Psychology of Narrative

4 semester credits
In this course, students gain expertise with the research literature on a variety of aspects of the social psychology of fictional narrative with an emphasis on books, film and television from popular culture. Literature covered includes popular culture narrative and social perception of actors and characters, audience and fan identification with actors and fictional characters, narrative transportation, narrative persuasion, narrative as social simulation, eudaimonic and hedonic uses and gratifications of media, and narrative and meaning making. In addition to foundational social psychology theory, the course emphasizes methods in the social psychological study of narrative. Another aspect of the course will be training students to keep an author’s notebook as a tool to publish scholarly works in this area.
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 media psychology on narrative.
  2. Demonstrate, through scholarly writing, posts and author’s notebook entries the theory upon which the scholarly literature on narrative rests.
  3. Demonstrate, through scholarly writing, posts and author’s notebook entries the methods commonly applied to media and narrative psychology.
  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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