• 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

The internet, and in particular the web and social media, has transformed the way we socialise, participate in politics, work, collaborate, and engage in commerce. This course focuses on the contribution of social science at large – emphasising classical sociology and social network analysis – 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 social science. 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 network analysis and big data are being used to answer long-standing questions in social science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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 internet;
  2. understand how big data are being used in the study of online social behaviour;
  3. conduct basic social network analysis;
  4. compare social scientific approaches to studying the internet with those from other disciplines; and
  5. discuss their learning in relation to the social science of the internet, both orally and in writing.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%): LO1-LO5
Social network analysis problem set (10%, 500 words equiv.): LO3
Research brief on online social environment (10%, 500 words): LO2, LO5
Examination (3 hours, 35%): LO1-LO5
Class paper (35%, 1750 words): LO1, LO2, LO4, LO5
 
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of tutorials; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 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.

Preliminary Reading

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:
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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4007 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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