Subject details

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

  1. critique the operation, nature, purpose and origin of Internet-mediated communities and online networks of social interaction
  2. analyse specific examples of Internet-mediated social media communities and networks in terms of theories of broader interaction and identity within society
  3. interpret the complex relationship between technological forms of connectivity and social practices of connectivity
  4. use conceptual knowledge of Internet-mediated social media communities and networks to be an effective participant in diverse forms of online interaction
  5. integrate a broad range of perspectives on networked community.
  • Topics

    • Communities and Web 2.0
    • Social Networks
    • Identity in Communities and Networks
    • Communities and Online Gaming
    • Indigenous People, Virtual Communities and Social Networks
    • The difference between communities and networks
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Print Materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials

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

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

The Internet offers many opportunities for people to share their lives with others and engage in social interaction and dialogue. Initially the Internet seemed to be about 'virtual' community; but these days, online and offline networking and community practices merge. The Internet now plays a major role in 'being together' - whether to maintain relations with friends and family, to advance political causes, to escape into fantasy worlds, or to strengthen communal belonging. In this subject, you will investigate the excitement, the scepticism, the possibilities and the pitfalls of communities, networks and online social interaction and become more effective in managing and facilitating them.

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  • Conference paper (50%)
  • Conference participation (30%)
  • Essay (20%)

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