Social Psychology of the Digital Age – PSYC 868

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

In this course, students will consider the specific challenges and opportunities to the field of psychology that is affected by the ever-changing digital world. Consideration will be given to such concepts as associated with online and digital world with advertising, parenting, abuse/bullying and mental health.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is a specific look at how the online world is influencing and changing the individual and the general population.  As the shift from face to face conversations change to face time, texting replaces voice interactions, and virtual reality influences the next generation, how will these changes look? This course introduces looks at into the way online interactions affect the psychology of the person and prepare for the potential changes in our society. In a deeper understanding of the impact of the online and digital world’s effect on the individual themselves.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the changing challenges to our society and the profession of psychology as it continues to evolve with technology.
  2. Explore current and past research about the influence on technology.
  3. Compare the various perspectives found in current research.
  4. Utilize Journal articles to support individual’s understanding of the complexity of this topic.
  5. Demonstrate competence in addressing related issues from a Biblical worldview perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are a collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must include at least 700 words and must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the initial thread, the student is required to post three unique reply comments to their classmates’ threads. Each reply must include at least 450 words.

Article Review Assignments (4)

Students will present 4 article review papers that demonstrate understanding of the topic addressed.  Articles reviewed must be from peer reviewed journals and must have been published in the past five years.  Students will utilize current APA format,  present the article specifics, outcomes, limitations and connection to their specific topic.  Articles reviewed will be used in the final research paper.

Research Paper: Topic Proposal Assignment

The student will decide on a topic and find references for his or her Research Paper. The student will be required to cite the textbook and 8 peer-reviewed journal articles in current APA style. All peer-reviewed articles must report on original research.

Research Paper: Outline Assignment

The student will submit an outline clearly noting how the student will be addressing the topic of the paper. This will also include the list of reference that the student is using. This paper should show the student’s work and progress on this assignment. The student can also include any questions or problems encountered for support or help.   

Research Paper: Final Assignment

The student will write a 8-12 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on research topic of the students own choosing from the provided list or with prior approval. The paper must include at least 8-10 reference(s) in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.