• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Law, Policy Studies, Sociology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kate Henne
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
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Technological innovation has transformed everyday life and disrupted established industries. Artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, machine learning, industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and synthetic biology are not simply buzzwords: they impact agriculture, communications, energy, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure, social welfare and transportation. While disruptive technologies may contribute to positive social change, they can pose risks and dangers if unchecked. This course cultivates the critical skills necessary for assessing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of emerging technologies and introduces frameworks for developing regulatory responses that can be tailored for particular contexts. It combines theory with practice through collaborative learning techniques, hands-on assessments and case studies from Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and the Pacific. Designed to accommodate students from different backgrounds and career stages, the course is suitable for recent graduates with an interest in technology and society as well as professionals working in government, the private sector and nongovernment organisations. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate how different actors, including companies and governments, have managed disruptive social change linked to emerging technologies
  2. Assess current and possible developments in technology with appropriate regulatory strategies
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts that explain disruptive technologies and relevant approaches to regulation
  4. Conduct independent research on regulatory challenges and approaches to appraise the governance of disruptive technologies within a particular domain

Indicative Assessment

  1. Regulatory Model Assessment (max 1,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Peer Review of Assessment (Oral and written feedback) (10) [LO 2,3]
  3. Written Report (e.g. policy brief, White Paper, academic blog) (max 2,000 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 60 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.

Actual time required may vary with individual students.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Winner, L. (1980). Do artifacts have politics? Daedalus, 109(1), 106–123.

Bower, J., & Christensen. (1995). Disruptive technologies: Catching the wave. Harvard Business Review, 73(1), 43–53

Danneels, E. (2004). Disruptive technology reconsidered: A critique and research agenda. The Journal of Product Innovation Management, 21(4), 246–258

Latzer, M. (2009). Information and communication technology innovations: Radical and disruptive? New Media & Society, 11(4), 599–619

Kitchen, R. (2014). Big Data, New Epistemologies, Paradigm Shifts. Big Data & Society, 1(1), 1–12

Vaidhyanathan, S. (2018). Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. Oxford University Press

Tusikov, N. (2019). Regulation through “bricking”: Private ordering in the “Internet of Things”. Internet Policy Review, 8(2

Gorwa, R. (2019). The platform governance triangle: Conceptualising the informal regulation of online content. Internet Policy Review, 8(2)

Braithwaite, V. (2020). Beyond the bubble that is Robodebt: How governments that lose integrity threaten democracy. Australian Journal of Social Issues, doi:10.1002/ajs4.122

Vallee, M. (2020). Doing nothing does something: Embodiment and data in the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Data & Society, 7(1)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
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3.00 0.06250
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $2040
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3000
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
6461 05 Aug 2024 16 Aug 2024 16 Aug 2024 20 Sep 2024 In Person View
6494 05 Aug 2024 16 Aug 2024 16 Aug 2024 20 Sep 2024 Online View

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