Social Media and Development: Constructing Self-Concept Online|
Humans typically develop their view of themselves, or their self-concept, through interactions with others in their community. For adolescents, this takes place typically within school environments and other community institutions as they begin to rely less on their parents. With the dawn of social media, these interactions are taking place on a global scale with increased anonymity. How does this social and technological change impact how teens and young adults form their views of themselves? This course will explore this question thoroughly, illuminating an understanding of the accepted model of self-concept development and the impacts of social media. Students will also explore related concepts of self-esteem and social development. This course will use empirical, quantitative, and qualitative research to examine and critique the overall negative view of social media usage amongst adolescents, and train students to probe commonly accepted viewpoints using careful scholarship. This course fulfills the Category 1 requirement for the Education Studies Major and Minor and counts as a seminar or elective towards the Psychology Major.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(EDST)(PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course-Choi, J., & Hammond, L. (2021). Social media use and adolescent well-being: A narrative review
of longitudinal studies. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 24(4), 223-236.
Harter, S., Bresnick, S., Bouchey, H. A., & Whitesell, N. R. (1997). The development of
multiple role-related selves during adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 9(4), 835-853. doi:10.1017/S0954579497001466
Knox, M., Funk, J., Elliott, R., and Bush, E. G. (1998). Adolescents¿ possible selves and their relationship
to global self-esteem. Sex Roles, 39, 61-80.
Markus, H., & Nurius, P. (1986). Possible selves. American Psychologist, 41(9), 954¿969.
Michikyan, M., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2016). Adolescent media and social media use:
Implications for development. Journal of Adolescent Research, 31(4), 411¿414.
Oyserman, D., Elmore, K., & Smith, G. (2012). Self, self-concept, and identity. In M. R. Leary
& J. P. Tangney (Eds.), Handbook of self and identity., 2nd ed. (pp. 69¿104). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Uhls, Y. T., Ellison, N. B., & Subrahmanyam, K. (2017). Benefits and costs of social media in
adolescence. Pediatrics, 140(Supplement 2), S67-S70.
Valkenburg, P. M., Schouten, A. P., & Peter, J. (2005). Adolescents¿ identity experiments on the
Internet. New Media & Society, 7(3), 383-402.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly Journal and Discussion (prompts provided)
Discussion Leads: Students will come to class prepared with one discussion question or idea from the week¿s reading and a quote from the text relating to the question/idea for discussion.
Final Paper/Memo to Schools ¿ Choice Project
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts as an elective towards the psychology major.
|Instructor(s): Besharat Mann,Rachel Times: ....R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 8||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 8||FR: 0|
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