Digital Culture and Everyday Life - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Bibliography - Annotated Bibliography (30%) , Draft Plan - Essay Plan (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as Internet and Everyday Life.

For many people, their everyday life now involves constant interaction with the internet. Indeed the internet is becoming an almost invisible part of these experiences. As cyberspace and real space come together, it is easy to miss the effects of the internet on us and our society. Through several specific topics - such as dating, music, games, faith, health and politics - this unit will help you to investigate the internet from various perspectives and across a range of experiences. You will also learn to analyse the internet conceptually, understanding how technology and society intertwine.

Further Information: List of topics is indicative and subject to minor change prior to the start of each Study Period.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of how the internet and people's everyday lives are interconnected
  2. present effectively reasoned views about the causes, circumstances and consequences of the internet in everyday life
  3. analyse the internet in everyday life to gain broader insights into its impact on society, especially in relation to our experience of time and space
  4. demonstrate understanding of the similarities and differences in the way the internet is experienced, and how it is represented in private and public discourse
  5. identify, understand and begin using broad categories (community economy and power) to analyse the social basis of internet technology.
  • Bibliography — Annotated Bibliography (30%)
  • Draft Plan — Essay Plan (10%)
  • Essay (50%)
  • Exercises (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • NET12 — The Internet: A Socio-Technological Introduction
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1How has the internet changed and influenced everyday life - both your own life and the lives of others
2The broader issues of the impact of the internet on community, identity, economy and society

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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