Connection & Consciousness in the Digital Age

Psych 222

Is social media making us more connected or more isolated? Could a machine think and feel? In relying on technology, are we becoming less human? What role will technology play in our future? This course explores how technology — especially social media — is shaping how we know ourselves, the way we perceive others and how we communicate and interact.

Course Curriculum and Features

Through readings, films, discussions and social experiments, we’ll examine questions about consciousness, humanity, love, lust and loneliness as they connect to our relationship with technology. You’ll read and discuss selections from psychology, communication, sociology and literature. And you’ll write, observe, talk, listen, take pictures and videos, and experiment with your own personal use of technology.

Designed For

Those interested in social media, our relationship with technology, and questions about consciousness and what it means to be human.


Tabitha Kirkland
Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Aug 27–Sep 20, 2019

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.