Invites students to use their sociological imagination to critically evaluate social changes accompanying the emergence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs). Students will examine the structures and effects of ICTs and social media technologies in relation to civil society, citizen privacy, social inequality, commerce and government.
Topic 1: Computers and the Internet - a history
Topic 2: Sociology of technology
Topic 3: Society - informational or networked?
Topic 4: Communities - virtual and real
Topic 5: Identities - fluid and stable
Topic 6: The public space
Topic 7: Civil society
Topic 8: Government
Topic 9: Power and surveillance
Topic 10: Business
Topic 11: Digital divide
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||critically analyse social practices that incorporate the use of computers, the Internet and social media technologies||Intellectual rigour|
|2||explore the relationship between online and offline personal identities and the impact this may have for society||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||articulate the ethical and political implications of Web 2.00 technologies for individuals, their communities, the government and business||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||use asynchronous (discussion board, Twitter, blogs, email discussion lists) means of communicating online||Communication and social skills|
|5||recognise and examine socio-technic systems evidencing new forms of social organisation using Web 2.0 technologies.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)|
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