The Social Psychology of Cyberspace: Self and Community in the Age of the Internet

PSY 380.K

Miami University
Spring Semester, 2000

Schedule & Readings


The readings are contained in a packet that is available from Oxford Copy shop. 

[Note:  Web Assignments will be scattered throughout the term and will be posted as appropriate] 

Week of January 10

Introduction -- The Phenomenon of Cyberspace

Kiesler, S. (1997). Preface to Culture of the Internet, S. Kiesler (Ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates (pp. ix-xvi).

Week of January 17

Gackenbach, J. & Ellerman, E. (1998). Introduction to psychological aspects of internet use. In J. Gackenbach (Ed.), Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications (pp. 1-26). San Diego: Academic Press.

Week of January 24

The Social Roots of Cyberculture

Roszak, T. (1994). The computer and the counterculture. In R. Roszak, The Cult of Information (pp. 135-155). New York: Pantheon Books.

King, J.L., Grinter, R.E., & Pickering, J.M. (1997). The rise and fall of netville: The saga of a cyberspace construction boomtown in the great divide. In S. Kiesler (Ed.), Culture of the Internet (pp. 3-33). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.

Week of January 31

Differing Views of Potentials & Possiblities

I. "Computers R Us "

Iacono, S., & Kling, R. (1996). Computerization movements and tales of technological utopianism. In R. Kling (Ed.), Computerization and Controversy (2nd edition, pp. 85-105). San Diego: Academic Press, Inc.

Tapscott, D. (1998).  The N-Gen Mind: Part I.  In D. Tapscott, Growing Up Digital. NY: McGraw Hill.

Spears, R. & Lea, M. (1994). Panacea or panopticon? The hidden power in computer-mediated communication. Communication Research, 21, 427-459.


Week of February 7
(Brandon Debes/Jon Masica/Jonathan Schilling)

II. "Tell me, Mr. Data, do you feel sad??"

Edwards, P.N. (1995). Cyberpunks in cyberspace: The politics of subjectivity in the computer age. In S.L. Star (Ed.), The cultures of computing (pp. 69-84). Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers.

Turkle, S. (1995). Making a pass at a robot. In S. Turkle, Life on the screen: Identity in the age of the internet (pp. 77-101). New York: Simon & Shuster.

Postman, N. (1992). The ideology of machines: Computer technology. In Technopoly (pp. 107-122). New York: Vintage Books.

Week of February 14
(Carlee Clark/Rich Olsen/Rylan Peters/Matt Vorell)

Team and Individual Project Topics Due 2/18

III. Alternative Views on Computers & Education

Johnson, S. (1997). Links. In Johnson, S., Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way we Create and Communicate. San Francisco: Harper.

Tapscott, D. (1998). N-Gen Learning. In D. Tapscott, Growing Up Digital. NY: McGraw Hill.

Roszak, T. (1994). The hidden curriculum. In R. Roszak, The Cult of Information (pp. 47-71). New York: Pantheon Books.

Week of February 21(No class 2/22)
(William Baird/Gina Cristofani/Jonathan Kahn/David Linich)

On Line Communities:  Characteristics and Implications

Rheingold, H. (1993). Real-time tribes. In The virtual community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier (pp. 176-196). New York: Addison-Wesley.

Jones S.G. (1995). Understanding community in the information age. In S.G. Jones (Ed.), CyberSociety:Computer-Mediated Communication and Community (pp.10-35). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Baym, N. K. (1995). The emergence of community in computer-mediated communication. In S.G. Jones (Ed.), CyberSociety:Computer-Mediated Communication and Community (pp. 138-163). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Week of February 28
(Sherman)

Gender Issues in Cyberspace

Ybarra, M. (1999). Why won’t women write code? Sky, December, 40-43.

Morahan-Martin, J. (1998). Males, females, and the internet. In J. Gackenbach (Ed.), Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications (pp. 169-197). San Diego: Academic Press.

Herring, S. (1996). Gender and democracy in CMC. In R. Kling (Ed.), Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices (2nd Edition, pp. 476-489). New York: Academic Press.

Kramarae, C. (1995). A backstage critique of virtual reality. In S.G. Jones (Ed.), CyberSociety:Computer-Mediated Communication and Community (pp. 36-56). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Week of March 6
(Alicia Phipps/Josh Roessler/Adam Schaaf)

Disinhibited Behavior in Cyberspace

Joinson, A. (1998). Causes and implications of disinhibited behavior on the internet. In J. Gackenbach (Ed.), Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications (pp. 43-60). San Diego: Academic Press.

Walther, J.B. (1996). Computer-mediated communication: Impersonal, interpersonal, and hyperpersonal interaction. Communication Research, 23, 3-43.

Week of March 13 ---- SPRING BREAK

Week of March 20

Team and Individual Project Progress Reports Due 3/21; in Class Presentations

Week of March 27
(Lee Dessecker/Brandon Doner/Kosta Giannoulias)

Explorations into Online Identity Issues

I. Multiplicity & Fragmentation

Turkle, S. (1995) Identity crisis. In Life on the screen: Identity in the age of the internet (pp. 255-269). New York: Simon & Shuster.

Reid, E. (1998). The self and the internet: Variations on the illusion of one self. In J. Gackenbach (Ed.), Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications (pp. 29-42). San Diego: Academic Press.

Week of April 3
(Sherman)

II. Ethical Limits of Computer Mediated Social Relationships

Van Gelder, L. (1996). The strange case of the electronic lover. In Kling, R (Ed.) Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices (2nd Edition, pp. 533-546). New York: Academic Press.

Dibbell, J. (1996). Taboo, consensus, and the challenge of democracy in an electronic forum. In Kling, R (Ed.) Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices (2nd Edition, pp. 552-568). New York: Academic Press.

Week of April 10

Work on Individual/Team Projects

Week of April 17

Work on Individual/Team Projects

Week of April 24

Team Projects Due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 24th
Individual/Team Project Presentations
Individual Projects Due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 28th.

Week of May 1 (Finals Week)

Final Exam -- Tuesday, May 2nd, 12:30-2:30

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