Undergraduate | CUR-NET204 | 2024
Social Media, Communities and Networks
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Surf online worlds, communities and sub-cultures. Explore the relationship between technology and social bonding. Plug into gaming, social and Indigenous online networks. Analyse how on and offline ways of communicating are beginning to blur.
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- 26 Feb 2024,
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Social Media, Communities and Networks
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- critique the operation, nature, purpose and origin of Internet-mediated communities and online networks of social interaction
- analyse specific examples of Internet-mediated social media communities and networks in terms of theories of broader interaction and identity within society
- interpret the complex relationship between technological forms of connectivity and social practices of connectivity
- 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
This subject was previously known as Internet Communities and Social Networks.
Digital and social media offers many opportunities for people to share their lives with others and engage in social interaction and dialogue. Initially digital and social media seemed to be about 'virtual' community; but these days, online and offline networking and community practices merge. Social media 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 unit, you will investigate the excitement, the scepticism, the possibilities and the pitfalls of communities, networks and digital and online social interaction and become more effective in managing and facilitating them.
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- Conference paper (40%)
- Conference Participation Reflection (40%)
- Essay (20%)
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