PSY 4930: Psychology and the Internet
15908 .Tu.Th. 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM (GCS107 Boca Raton)
Professor Larry S. Liebovitch
Building T8, Room 17
The INTERNET has become an important mode of how people acquire
information, interact with each other, and conduct business.
knowledge of the INTERNET is becoming of pivotal importance in academic
Psychology and in the Business environment.
This course will:
you what the INTERNET is and how it works.
social space and processes that happen over the INTERNET.
Give you information about resources available for
learning about Psychology over the INTERNET.
- Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. Linked.Perseus
Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-7382-0667-9.
- Sara Kiesler, Editor. Culture
of the Internet.Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., 1997, ISBN 0-8058-1636-4.
Manuel Castells. The Internet Galaxy.Oxford University Press, 2001,
- Any Elementary Book on HTML, for example: 1) Ed Tittel,
Natanya Pitts, Natanya Pitts-Moultis, Chelsea Valentine, Mike Wooldridge,
EditorsHTML for Dummies, Wiley, John & Sons, 2000, ISBN 0764507230
or 2) Jennifer Niederst, HTML Pocket Reference. O'Reilly &
Associates, ISBN 0596002963.
additional non-required materials
- Geert Lovink. Dark
Fiber: Tracking Critical Internet Culture. MIT Press, 2002, ISBN
- David Porter, Editor. Internet Culture. Routledge,
1996, ISBN 0-415-91684-4.
- Tom Forester and Perry Morrison. Computer
Ethics: Cautionary Tales and Ethical Dilemmas in Computing. MIT Press,
1993, ISBN 0262560739.
- WHAT THE INTERNET IS: PHYSICAL AND STRUCTURAL ORGANIZATION
- Brief History of the Internet
- Random Networks
- Small World Networks
- Scale-Free Networks
- Communities: Continents and Islands of Cyberspace
- HOW PEOPLE BEHAVE ON IT: SOCIAL ORGANIZATION AND PROCESSES
- Identity in the Electronic Village
- Virtual Communities
- Privacy and Liberty in Cyberspace
- Internet Newsgroups as Electronic Public Space
- SPAM: E-mail Overload, Personal Information Management
- Seeking Help: Social Support Groups
- Conflict in Cyberspace
- The Internet in Education
- Scientific Communication
- Government: Control and Democracy
- Globalization of Culture
- The Digital Divide: Rich and Poor
- Time Zones and Time Wars
- HOW IT WORKS: HTML
- What's Underneath a Web Page
- Text: Headings, Paragraphs, Italics, Boldface
- Formatting: Ordered Lists, Unordered Lists, Tables
- Pictures: GIF and JPEG
- Links: URLs
- HOW TO USE IT: PSYCHOLOGY RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET
- Research Topics
- Psychological Experiments Conducted Over the Web
- Specific Resources
- Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. If you miss a class
you are responsible for ALL the material covered during that class, including
lecture material and rules and regulations about the course (such as penalties
for late assignments, etc.).
- Some of the material covered in the lectures (and included on the exams) is
NOT in the required texts.
- It is the responsibility of the student to withdraw from this class, should
that status be desired - the instructor cannot withdraw students from the
course. The instructor will not give the grade of "I" in lieu of a
grade of "D" or "F". The grade of "I" will be
considered only in exceptional cases (such as serious illness) for students who
are presently performing at a "C" or higher level in the course.
- Midterm Exam and Final Exam. (The material covered will include the
material covered in class and the assigned readings. All students are expected
to take the exams on the days they are scheduled. Makeup exams will be given
only in exceptional circumstances and only if the student contacts the
instructor BEFORE the exam.)
- Required paper.
- Required oral presentation of the paper in class.
- Homework assignments.
- The papers and homework are due on the dates assigned. These will be
accepted up to 1 week late, but they will be penalized. None will be accepted
over 1 week late.)