- Code SOCR8005
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Political Communication, Political Sciences, Population Studies, Social Research, Sociology More...
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Robert Ackland
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2015
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The World Wide Web is only around 20 years old, but it 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 "Age of the Network". While attention is paid to relevant insights or approaches from other disciplines, for example applied physics and computer science, the primary focus is on theoretical and empirical contributions from economics, political science and sociology. There is particular emphasis on the role of quantitative analysis of surveys of individuals and statistical network analysis of digital trace data (e.g. blog/social network service/web/email data) in understanding the social science of the Internet.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Critically assess the social, political and economic impact of the World Wide Web.
- Understand how digital trace data from the Web can help answer long-standing social science research questions.
- Conduct basic social network analysis.
- Locate relevant data, tools and research methods for conducting research using web data.
- Compare social scientific approaches to studying the Web with those from other disciplines.
Participation in online forum (15%, 750 words approx.) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
Social network analysis problem set (15%, 750 words equiv.) [Learning Outcome 3]
Online test (15%, 750 words equiv.) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Critical review of journal article - paper and podcast presentation (20%, 750 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
Final paper (35%, 3000 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
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WorkloadTotal workload is approximately 10 hours per week including working through online activities, participation in online forum and private study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Course notes and additional readings will be available via the learning management system (Wattle).
Areas of Interest
- Political Communication
- Political Sciences
- Population Studies
- Social Research
- Science Communication
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3420||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|