OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

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Fee information


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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