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PG Diploma in Cyberpsychology

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About Program

The goal of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cyberpsychology (PGDC) curriculum is to learn and develop professional skills so as to understand the interplay between human psychology and contents in the cyberspace. 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. While some researchers emphasize the computer in computer–human interaction, a defining characteristic of cyberpsychology is that the human takes precedence over the computer.

The 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 PGDC aims to identify the sphere of social computing in terms of applications and websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Second Life, and YouTube 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.

Learning Outcomes
One should be able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key Cyberpsychological theory.
  • Appraise and apply theory from a range of disciplines to explain and exploit human behaviour in the online world.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the Internet in human lives.
  • Present and articulate research findings effectively, concisely and professionally.
 

Duration

1 Year (2 Semesters)

 

Eligibility Criteria

Graduate from any discipline or equivalent from a recognized university with minimum 50% marks in aggregate. (45 % or equivalent marks for SC/ST and PwD category).

 

Course Fee

Rs. 20,000/- (Tuition Fee)/Sem + Other University Fee

 

Number of Seats

15 Seats

 

Course Outline

Semester – 1

Paper 1 - Introduction to Psychology and Cyberpsychology
Paper 2 - Human Computer Interaction and Computer Mediated Communication
Paper 3 - The Psychology of Cyberspace Relationship
Paper 4 - Effect of Cyberspace in Decision Making

Semester – 2

Paper 1 - Psychology of Social Networking and Social Computing
Paper 2 - Deception in Virtual Space (Practical)
Paper 3 - Psychology of Online Crimes
Paper 4 - Cyber Support in Healthcare
 
 

Placements

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.