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Psychology of Entertainment

HNRS 2020 Sec. 03 - Spring 2019

Associate Professor Meghan S. Sanders Manship School of Mass Communication

Tu Th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
203 French House

Media can impact how we feel, what we think and what we do. Entertainment arguably has mixed effects on society. The study of media entertainment – its uses and effects – has been the focus of mass communication scholars since at least the 1920s, and a focus of parents and politicians for centuries before that. This course will orient students to historic and contemporary trends in the study of entertainment effects, serving as a primer for further investigations into the role of entertainment in modern society.

Topics include psychology of horror, transmedia experiences, cross-cultural entertainment, video games, entertainment for social good, and morality and entertainment.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities
Social Sciences