• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Digital Humanities
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James Chouinard
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course focuses on contemporary works from emergent media studies to present an up-to- date picture of the field. It examines the implications of new technologies in general and new media in particular, for personal, interpersonal, and public life. Beginning with theoretical perspectives from sociology, science and technology studies (STS) and media studies, the course explores how existing social structures are altered and reinforced on and through emergent media. The content spans issues of power, economic systems, political structures, interpersonal relationships, and identity processes.

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. explain how emergent media technologies reflect and shape social life;
  2. evaluate the role of sociology in explaining the effects of emergent media technologies;
  3. identify the ways emergent media technologies affect diverse populations;
  4. compare major theoretical debates about emergent media technologies from sociology and other disciplines; and
  5. discuss the ways their own lives are marked by engagement with emergent media technologies.

Indicative Assessment

10 x Weekly reading summaries, 1% each for a total 10% (100 words each for a total 1000 words) LO1, LO5
Tutorial participation, 10% LO1-LO5
Emergent Media Interview Project, 40% (1,500 words) LO1-LO5
Extended Literature Review Group Project essay, 25% (2,500 words) LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
Extended Literature Review Group Project oral presentation, 15% (15 minutes) LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4   


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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) courses, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY6170.




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:
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.

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.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9362 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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