Psychology of Social Media at Cal Poly

Dive deep into the impact of the ‘new' interactive environment of social media.

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Cal Poly

Program Highlights

Examine and engage key ideas and studies regarding the emotions, ethics, and empathy required for healthy off-line conversation
Identify the merits and troubles inherent in adapting to online “faceless” communication.
Discuss the present trends which make online environments a primary place of human connection.
Compare and contrast the effect of social media on individuals as well as our ability to relate with one another.
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Tuition:

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Dates:

Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021

Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021

Location:

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

There is a growing literature in psychology and ethical philosophy on the impact of the ‘new’ interactive environment of social media. Of particular interest are two effects: (i) its effects upon us as individuals, and (ii) its effects upon our ability to relate to one another. In this psychology of social media workshop for high school students, we’ll come away with an appreciation of the psychological and social challenges with present trends which make online environments a primary place of human connection.

Meet your instructor

Instructor

Kevin Houser, Ph.D.

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Kevin is a full time instructor in the philosophy department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He received my Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington, November of 2015. His research interests include ethics/moral philosophy, empathy and moral emotions, epistemology, Kant's ethics, and the work of Emmanuel Levinas.

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Summer Springboard pre-college Summer Program