New Media Psychology

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Media Psychology

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    How do people with different motivations approach media? How does people’s self-concept or personality affect the way they use social media? How do people process computer-mediated message? And how do a variety of SNSs affect users? Media psychology is both an art and a science. It explores how media affect our sensory, cognitive, and social processes including how media evokes specific behaviors in individuals, larger groups or global societies. Media psychology examines how we interact with media on the psychological level. Instead of focusing on the user or the media, media psychology examines media use and effects as an interaction between media, content message, and users.

    This course is designed to help students understand the psychology of new media. New media are forms of media that are native to computers, computational and relying on computers (including smart devices) for distribution. Some examples of new media are websites, social media, mobile apps, virtual worlds, mobile games, human-computer interface, computer animation, and interactive computer installations. This course will provide students with an overview of the key psychological concepts and theories and how those apply to new media. Students should have basic knowledge of key theories, concepts, and methods to succeed in this course. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide students with a sound understanding of the dynamics of the psychological mechanism underlying the processes of media consumption and how new media impacts us.

    There are no required textbooks for this class. All the readings will be posted on the Blackboard. Be sure to receive emails from the professor by registering the email address you regularly check in the system.

    This is a discussion-based course (i.e., seminar course). The class format is similar to that of any undergraduate level seminar. Readings are assigned which will form the background for discussion in class. Required readings are the core readings that you should read thoroughly. Recommended readings are follow-up readings to a particular theory that you can skim through more quickly. I will make the required readings available to you 2-3 weeks before each session. A brief lecture and comments about the topic will be provided at each meeting, but the class meetings will be primarily discussion-based.

    The readings are grouped under specific topics in new media psychology. A typical class will involve a discussion of the assigned readings, and development of new ideas pertinent to this topic. Our focus will be on understanding the core theory, explore alternative integrative frameworks for the topic, and extending the theories by considering new concepts/ideas.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations