• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Social Research, Sociology, Information Technology
  • Minor code TNSO-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Technology, Networks and Society Minor

Technology is a dominant feature of contemporary life. With the rise of digital technologies we are living in a society transformed by networks of data and intelligent machines. Technological change has profound effects on the structure and experience of social life and social relations, promoting widespread changes in social practices in a range of contexts, from health and education to law enforcement and media. This minor gives students the basic tools to understand and analyse the social and cultural drivers and impacts of technological change. It also enables students to develop elemental skills in cutting-edge digital methods and to use these to conduct online social research, including research that addresses audiences beyond the university.

The Technology, Networks and Society minor adopts a primarily sociological perspective to analyse the social impact of technological change. It explores central sociological concerns such as social inequalities and stratification, identity and embodiment, social movements, social change, production and consumption and the nature of power, all in the context of technological transformation. However, it is an interdisciplinary minor, drawing on insights from communication and media studies, cultural studies, science and technology studies, economics, geography and political science.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the relationship between technology and society from a sociological perspective;
  2. use a range of digital and web-based social research methods; and
  3. carry out independent research on topics related to Technology, Networks and Society.

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Requirements

This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:
 

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
SOCY1006 Society & Technological Change 6
SOCY2169 Online Research Methods 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
SOCY2166 Social Science of the Internet 6
SOCY2170 Sociology of Emergent Media 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ARCH3029 Making-Taking-Using-Breaking: Material Culture Studies and Technology in Archaeology 6
ASIA2280 Anthropology and Technology in India 6
ASIA3032 Digital Asia: Technology and Society 6
CRIM2010 Cybercrime: an introduction 6
HUMN2001 Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects 6
SCOM3012 Science Communication and the Web 6
SOCY2008 Living in the Risk Society: Health, Crime, Climate and Disasters 6
SOCY2053 Imagining the Future: A Sociology of Utopias 6
SOCY2157 Surveillance and Society 6
SOCY2165 Media in the Public Sphere 6
SOCY3010 Posthuman Bodies 6
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