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.
    • 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
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

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

Equivalent subjects

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

  • CUR-NET24

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-NET102-Digital Culture and Everyday Life , or CUR-NET12

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


NET12 is the same as NET102 and NET11 is the same as WEB101.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Internet Communities and Social Networks.

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.

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

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  • Conference Reflection (30%)
  • Conference Paper (50%)
  • Essay (20%)

Textbooks are not required.

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