• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code SSIN-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Social Science of the Internet Specialisation

The World Wide Web is only around 20 years old, but it has transformed the way we socially interact, collaborate, work, engage in commerce, and participate in politics. The Social Science of the Internet specialisation equips students with the theory and methods for understanding the social and economic impact of the Internet. Students also learn about available data, tools and methods for conducting online research, and how digital methods and data can be used to answer long-standing questions in social science.

Career opportunities

The Social Science of the Internet specialisation will advance your career in both government and industry by providing the concepts and tools for researching society in the Digital Age. It also provides a solid foundation for undertaking PhD research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically evaluate how the Internet has changed society, politics and the economy
  2. Use core social science concepts and methods in order to understand life in the Digital Age
  3. Identify and use relevant online research methods for collecting and analysing data from and via the Internet
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
  SOCR 8005: Social Science of the Internet

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SOCR8006 Online Research Methods 6
  SOCY 8014: Social Networks

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis 6
  DEMO 8011: Demographic Analysis II
DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives 6
DEMO8047 International Migration 6
DEMO8048 Gender and Population 6
  DEMO 8079: Health Demography
DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development 6
SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis 6
SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis 6
SOCR8004 Special Topic in Social Research 6
  SOCR 8007: Survey Data Analysis II
SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research 6
SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research 6
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