• 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

This course examines the implications of media and communications technologies for personal, interpersonal, public and political life. The course begins with theoretical perspectives from sociology, science and technology studies (STS) and media/communications studies. These are used to explore how existing social structures have been, and continue to be, altered and reinforced by innovations and revolutions in media and communications technologies. It also examines how such technologies have developed within, and changed in response to, social changes. The content spans issues of power, publics, economic systems, regulation, political structures, media institutions, interpersonal relationships, and identity processes.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. 10 x Weekly reading summaries (100 words each for a total 1000 words) (10) [LO 1,5]
  2. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Academic interview or annotated bibliography (1500 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Extended Literature Review Group Project oral presentation (15 minutes) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Extended Literature Review Group Project individual essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
6832 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online or In Person N/A

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