- Code SOCY6066
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology, Economics More...
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Robert Ackland
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2021
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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.
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:
- Critically assess the social, political and economic impact of the World Wide Web.
- Understand how big data are being used to answer long-standing social science research questions.
- Conduct basic social network analysis.
- Research available data, tools and methods for studying online social behaviour.
- Compare social scientific approaches to studying the Web with those from other disciplines.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Research brief on digital economy data sources (5%, 500 words) [Learning Outcome 4]
Social network analysis problem set (15%) [Learning Outcome 3]
Exam (30%, 3 hours) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Class paper (40%, 3500 words) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAckland, R. (2013), Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age, SAGE Publications.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are advised to have undertaken some social science courses previously.
Areas of Interest
- Policy Studies
- Political Sciences
- Social Research
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3616||22 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021||31 Mar 2021||28 May 2021||In Person||View|