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MEDU3105 Internet Use and Psychosocial Well-Being, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code MEDU3105  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Internet Use and Psychosocial Well-Being  Abbreviation Internet Use an 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced studies Subject0199 Education, specially Media Education 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Education 

Päivi Rasi 

General learning material of the study object:
Author Title Year Obligatory Availability
     Joinson, A., McKenna, K., Postmes, T. & Reips, U.-D., editors  Oxford handbook of Internet psychology  2007  - Availability
     Barak, A.  Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press.  2008  - Availability
     Birchmeier, Z., Dietz-Uhler, B. & Stasser, G.   Strategic uses of social technology: An interactive perspective of social psychology  2011  - Availability
     Benski, T. & Fisher, E.   Internet and emotions  2014  - Availability
     Papacharissi, A.   A networked self: Identity, community and culture on social network sites  2010  - Availability


After completing the course the student:

  • understands the interactions between individuals, communities, and the internet from the perspective of psychosocial well-being
  • recognizes the possibilities and threats associated with internet use/non-use and psychosocial well-being 
  • has developed skills in analytical thinking and reflective problem-solving by constructing, reading and discussing real-life cases relating to the course topic
  • can search, read, and interpret international research articles pertaining to the topics of the course
  • can apply knowledge gleaned from the course readings to the case at hand.

Through lectures and course readings students will get acquainted with psychological and social psychological theories, concepts, and research results pertaining to the relationship between internet (non)use and psychosocial well-being.

Students will construct, read and discuss real-life cases relating to the course topics in small groups. The cases will be presented and discussed in a social media website.


The course draws on case-based teaching and includes lectures (12h), and students’ case presentations and discussions (8h).

In order to construct and discuss a case, students will acquire knowledge from multiple sources (lectures, course readings, media, experts, social networks) in small groups.

Independent work (113,5h)


Participating in lectures; constructing, presenting and discussing a case.

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4. period


University lecturer of Media Education Päivi Rasi

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