Cyberpsychology (NJIT Fall 2018)

This course discusses how the basic tenets of psychology change (or don’t) in online interactions and with exposure to online environments. Students design and complete a project over the course course of the semester using psychology and qualitative social science research methods to analyze and understand actual online social groups and interactions.

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Understanding Technological Society (NJIT Fall 2018)

We live in an exciting era of technological innovation and accessibility. Yet many people in the world don’t have access to the benefits of cutting edge science and technology, and even with those benefits, myriad problems still face humanity: disease, physical ailments, safety hazards, mental health problems, and loneliness & alienation all take their toll on each individual on the planet.

The discipline of Science and Technology Studies attempts to look critically at the broad impact of science and technology on the world. It asks what the human costs of research and development are and what the human impact is on that research and development. Science does not exist in an isolated bubble, it is both informed by and informs the society in which it is being done.

This course investigates different ways of defining and doing science, the historical and political significance of various technologies, and the deeper meaning of abstract notions like “truth” and “goodness”. Students endeavor to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the many different perspectives that are brought to bear on scientific and technological decision-making and to begin envisioning a more diverse range of possibilities for future technoscientific design and innovation.

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