• 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
    • Prof Adrian Mackenzie
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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. 5 x Weekly reading summaries (200 words each for a total 1000 words) (10) [LO 1,5]
  2. Extended Literature Review Group Project oral presentation (15 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Interview and analysis (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Extended Literature Review Take Home Exam (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 in workshops run weekly

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.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable.


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

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
8286 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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