Psychology, Technology and Ethics

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Psychology, Tech & Ethics
Fall 2024
Taught By: Pantea Farvid
Section: A

CRN: 16109

Credits: 3

Rapidly evolving technological developments are reshaping many facets of our lives. From how we do intimacy, access entertainment, learn and access information, access products and services, do our work or make money, and even seek therapy. Furthermore, many technologies are progressively developing into algorithmic devices that seamlessly interface with our (digital) personhood, as well as impacting our daily lives. With much of this outside much of our control. In this course we first look at the historical emergence of various technologies that have irrevocably changed our world, followed by a robust survey of new and emerging technologies that are currently making their mark (e.g., AI/automation) and reshaping norms (e.g., digital therapy, online sex work, the “artificial womb”). With a focus on education, entertainment, mental health, work, politics, and identity, we examine the role technology plays in learning, leisure, mental health/well-being, identity (e.g., gender and sexuality), mis/disinformation, radicalization, and resistance/protests. Drawing on moral psychology, cyberpsychology, digital ethics, and critical/posthuman theories, we examine how such technologies (as increasingly owned by a powerful few), are reshaping our lives and future. Lastly, we imagine how we might seek to shape digital norms/policy as rooted in psychology and digital ethics, in order to meet the shifting demands of an increasingly tech-integrated and automated world, in a socially just manner.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:00pm EDT 5/27/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/3/2024