There is an ever-increasing reliance on technology in the modern world. Technological developments present us with new and exciting opportunities for making our lives more comfortable, safe, easy and fun. However, emerging technologies can also hinder our interactions with others and the world around us. Cyberpsychology is the study of persons in the context of Human–technology Interaction. As a developing field, Cyberpsychology research encompasses a host of Psychological phenomena associated with or affected by emerging technologies. As such, it reflects subject matter found in human–computer interaction like Computer Graphics, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Communication Theory, Graphic and Industrial Design Disciplines, Linguistics, Social Sciences, Cognitive Psychology, and Human Performance. This programme aims to better understand the Psychological impact of engaging with the Internet and consider both the positive and negative aspects of being online.
The course aims to promote an in-depth understanding of how humans interact with technology and in online (virtual) environments. It will cover diverse aspects of the interaction between the individual and the internet including the manner in which being online affects how we present ourselves to and communicate with others, how language has evolved in the online world and the manner in which relationships are formed in cyberspace. The Post Graduate Diploma in Cyberpsychology (PGDC) aims to identify the sphere of social computing in terms of applications and websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Second Life, and You Tube and in terms of functionalities such as Chat (Text & Video), Postings (Text, Images & Video), Blogs, and Playing Online Games. The curriculum will review a number of Psychological issues that come into play in social settings, particularly in computer mediated communication such as the feeling and effects of anonymity, dissociation, Psycho-social equalization, impression formation and management. Moreover, the structured curriculum also considers the problems of Cyberbullying and Cyberpathologies. The goal of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cyberpsychology (PGDC) curriculum is to learn and develop professional skills amongst the students of the programme so as to understand the interplay between human psychology and contents in the cyberspace.
After completion of the course, one should be able to
1. Demonstrate knowledge of key Cyberpsychological theory.
2. Appraise and apply theory from a range of disciplines to explain and exploit human behaviour in the online world.
3. Critically evaluate the role of the Internet in human lives.
4. Present and articulate research findings effectively, concisely and professionally.
1 Year (2 Semesters)
M.A./M. Sc. in Psychology or Science with minimum 55% marks or equivalent. (50% for SC/ST)
Rs. 30,000/- Per Semester + Other University fees
Number of Seats
Professionals would be equipped with plausible job opportunities as Cyberpsychology Specialist/Analyst in Govt./Pvt. Sectors and or pursue further higher academic degrees in this area.