• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology, Economics, Communications
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Ackland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course SOCY6066
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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The World Wide Web has transformed the way we work, collaborate, engage in commerce, participate in politics and interact socially. This course focuses on the contribution of social science to understanding life in the Digital Age. While attention is paid to relevant insights and approaches from other disciplines, for example applied physics and computer science, the primary focus is on theoretical and empirical contributions from sociology, political science and economics. This course equips students with the theory and methods for understanding the social, political and economic impact of the Internet. Students will also learn how digital methods and big data are being used to answer long-standing questions in social science.
 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically assess the social, political and economic impact of the World Wide Web.
  2. Understand how big data are being used to answer long-standing social science research questions.
  3. Conduct basic social network analysis.
  4. Research available data, tools and methods for studying online social behaviour.
  5. Compare social scientific approaches to studying the Web with those from other disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Research brief on digital economy data sources (5%, 250 words) [Learning Outcome 4]
Social network analysis problem set (15%, 750 words equiv.) [Learning Outcome 3]
Exam (30%, 3 hours) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Class paper (40%, 2500 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures, and 18 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY), Criminology (CRIM) Political Science (POLS), Computer (COMP) or Social Research (SOCR) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCR8005 or SOCY6066.

Indicative Reading List

Ackland, R. (2013), Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age, SAGE Publications.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4382 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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