PSYC 341

Violence and the Media: Psychological Effects of Film and Popular Music

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course surveys social science research and theories of the impact of graphically violent or sexual materials on children and adults using two influential aspects of culture as examples. It stresses research design and systematic interpretation of results, along with intensive behavioral analysis of film and music, and presents clinical techniques for minimizing the negative effects of violent or sexually graphic materials on children.

Learning outcomes


  • Analysis of research findings in learning and social behavior will be required.
  • Application of the material to current social and political situations will be evaluated.
  • Student will learn how research in psychology apply to violence and the media.
  • The historical perspective of the influence of the media on violent behavior will be required.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.