School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Psychology and the Online WorldWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102350.2

Discipline: PSYCHOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

101184 Psychology: Human Behaviour AND 101183 Psychology: Behavioural Science

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts courses with a specialisation in Psychological Studies. Must have completed the two level 1 pre-requisite units, as well as 30 credit points from the following Psychology level 2 units: 101684 Brain and Behaviour, 100013 Experimental Design and Analysis, 101680 Perception, or 101676 Human Learning.

About this Unit
The world has seen an enormous explosion of activity that takes place in online environments that include the Internet, intranets, gaming platforms and peer to peer phone communication (e.g. SMS). There are wide ranging debates about the use and effects of online communication with concerns about hacking, trolling, bullying, scamming, online addiction appearing on a daily basis. Others celebrate the potential of the Internet to produce profound social change. Is the online world quite as bad or as good as it is made out to be? What are the psychological processes behind these and other online behaviours? Why not find out?

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