Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Human-Computer Interaction and Social Psychology 5 Cr Lecture Course 15.3.2021 - 3.5.2021
Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Sosiaalipsykologian erityisala II: Human-Computer Interaction and Social Psychology 5 Cr Seminar 28.10.2019 - 13.12.2019

Target group

Open to students of the SOSM, COS, and MSV programs. Suitable for exchange students.


Bachelor’s level studies in social research

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students are familiar with the history and central concepts of social psychological study of Human–Computer Interaction. They will understand some of the ways that digital platforms have impacted identity work, interpersonal relationships, social and economic practices, as well as everyday life more broadly. In particular, students will have learned to analyse the implications of various types of digital platforms, ranging from social network services like Facebook to exchange platforms like Airbnb, and they will be able to debate the ethical and interactional ramifications of different technical features and business models. In the course of reading the literature and engaging with it during lectures, students will learn oral presentation skills and group discussion skills. They will also improve their writing skills for both academic audiences and the public.


IV period


The course provides an introduction to social psychological study of Human–Computer Interaction, with an emphasis on digital platforms. In addition to an overview of the history and central concepts in HCI, this course covers research on digital platforms and in-depth discussion of their ethical and interactional ramifications. The course is focused on digital platforms as an increasingly dominant infrastructural and economic model of the social web, ranging from social networking to peer-to-peer exchange and the on-demand labour. The goal of this course is to provide participants with a set of critical and theoretical tools to interpret and evaluate digital platforms and the ways in which they have impacted social psychologically relevant phenomena such as identity work, interpersonal relationships, as well as social and economic practices.


The course is an intensive lecture course, with student presentations reviewing the covered literature and in-class group activities fostering discussion and debate. Instead of an exam, an essay will be written as a final assignment.

Study materials

The literature will be provided during the course.