PSY4020 Cyberpsychology & Digital Forensics

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Graham

Course Description:

This course will identify and focus attention on providing knowledge of internet usage in peoples lives and the influence this influences our personal lives. Students will learn about a digital life and will acknowledge issues such as cyberbullying, managing their identity online, as well as mental health issues associated with internet use. The internet has become an integral part of our lives, with large numbers of people spending an average of 20 hours online per week. This is likely to grow with the advent of smart phones which provide ‘internet in your pocket’. This shift towards online activities has led many to question whether it is having a positive or negative effect on our wellbeing. Particularly for the last two generations who have never not known a digital life and have had to navigate issues such as cyberbullying, managing their identity online and mental health issues associated with internet use. This course is suitable for anyone who has pondered the effect the internet is having on us, good or bad? In particular those interested in the psychological impact leading a digital life has on young people.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course will relate to students who want to gain knowledge of the effect the internet and social media is having on users both good and bad. This course will also focus on students who are interested in understanding the psychological impact that the internet has on people.

Why This Course Is Important:

In todays world, we are seeing an increase in internet and social media usage which influences people both positive and negative. This course will further assist students in learning practices and procedures as well as state and federal laws and regulations needed to provide proper care to clients from all populations that have been influenced by internet and social media.