Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code A6417
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 月3/Mon.3
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市外濠‐S502
Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
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Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 400-level Seminar Courses(演習)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 400-level Seminar Courses

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
The focus of this seminar is on a deeper understanding and analysis of how the self and culture shape how we feel, think, and behave, by drawing on empirical literature in social and cultural psychology. In both the spring and fall semesters, the seminar will meet once a week for 2 periods. In the spring, class time will be devoted to group discussions on assigned readings that examine the impact of social media on our psychological well-being and interpersonal relationships. Students will discuss whether social media can create fulfilling social connections, whether dependence on social media is really problematic, how culture shapes social media usage and its influence on our well-being, and whether how social media could be used to promote online and offline prosocial behaviors. Through readings and discussions, students will go beyond the simple debate that social media helps or impedes human interactions. In addition, third year students will decide on the research questions, hypotheses, and theories of the research they will pursue in the seminar. Fourth year students will collect data, run an experiment or a survey, and will analyze them using a statistical package of their choice (JASP, HAD, SPSS, or R).

【到達目標 / Goal】
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to achieve the following goals:
(a) To learn how social psychology can help understand our behaviors and decisions via literature review and in-depth discussion;
(b) To develop a working knowledge of different approaches and methods of social and cultural psychology;
(c) To develop a deeper understanding of our own lives, using knowledge and wisdom gained through the seminar;
(d) To develop research skills and knowledge to apply selected social psychological theories to a real-life context.

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )
This course combines several pedagogical strategies including student-led weekly class discussions and presentations. Students will receive oral and written feedback on their presentations and weekly reaction papers.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】
授業形態 / methods of teaching:対面/face to face

回 / No. 各回の授業形態予定 / methods of teachingテーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 オンライン/onlineIntroduction and Overview Share course overview, expectations, and requirements
2 対面/face to facePsychology of Social Media Overview of psychological research on social media
3 対面/face to faceCan Social Media Create Fulfilling Social Connections? (1) What do humans need to flourish?
4 対面/face to faceProposing Research Ideas (1) Discussing students' research proposals
5 対面/face to faceCan Social Media Create Fulfilling Social Connections? (2) What needs can be fulfilled through social media?
6 対面/face to faceAre We Getting Too Dependent on Social Media? (1) What are the negative consequences of using social media?
7 対面/face to faceProposing Research Ideas (2) Discussing students' research proposals
8 対面/face to faceAre We Getting Too Dependent on Social Media? (2) Are the “negative” consequences really negative?
9 対面/face to faceCultural Differences in Social Media Behaviors (1) How does culture shape social media use?
10 対面/face to faceProposing Research Ideas (3) Discussing students' research proposals
11 対面/face to faceCultural Differences in Social Media Behaviors (2) Does culture influence the way social media affects our psychology?
12 対面/face to faceProsocial Behaviors on Social Media Can social media encourage prosocial behaviors?
13 対面/face to faceConsequences of Online Prosocial Behaviors Do online prosocial behaviors increase offline prosocial behaviors?
14 対面/face to faceFinal Synthesis What have we learned and what are the next steps?

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are expected to complete all the reading assignments, write bi-weekly reaction papers, and post them on the course website by the designated date. Those assigned to lead discussions will further prepare the summaries of the readings and discussion questions. Third year students will formulate research questions and hypotheses based on a comprehensive review of relevant literature on the topic. Fourth year students are expected to run their survey or experiment and collect data for their graduation thesis. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 4 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】

【参考書 / References】
The weekly readings and other resources will be posted on the course website.

Hacker, D. & Sommers, N. (2020). A pocket style manual. (8th ed.). APA Version.

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Students are evaluated based on weekly reaction papers (30%), active participation in class discussion (20%), final synthesis paper (10%), and progress on their research project (30%). In addition, third year students are evaluated based on leading the discussion (10%) whereas fourth year students will be evaluated based on the research support they provide to third year students (10%).

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Some students felt rushed during the discussion. We will meet 2 periods in a row to allow more time for in-depth discussion.

【学生が準備すべき機器他 / Equipment student needs to prepare】
Students must get the login information for PyscINFO database from the library.

【その他の重要事項 / Others】
Students are strongly encouraged to have successfully completed the following courses prior to joining this seminar: Statistics, Social Psychology I and II, and Quantitative Research Methods. If students have not taken these (or equivalent) courses, they are required to take them in conjunction with this seminar. Instructor's permission is required.