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Psychology

PSY 210

Psychology of the Mass Media
4 Credits ■ SS/ss

A seminar critiquing the ideological assumptions that shape daily life and national policy . Based on a study of cognitive dissonance and attribution theories, we will examine the means by which mass media, propaganda, and psychological mechanisms may combine to convince a population that irrational beliefs and inhumane policies are normative and just . Employing the perspectives of social psychology, sociology, and political science, this course is designed for those with advanced reading skills who are comfortable with nonfiction, non-textbook materials . Students should be willing to participate actively in discussions.

Prerequisite: SOC 105 or permission of the instructor.