Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of the principles and practices which sustain Internet commerce
  2. analyse specific commercial events and occurrences to explain the nature of Internet economics
  3. demonstrate understanding of the way in which capitalism dominates the social and technological workings of the Internet in global society
  4. assess critically the culture and practices of 'free' online labour, goods and services associated with Internet
  5. demonstrate advanced understanding of the commercial and consumer uses of the internet.
  • Topics

    • Overview, Getting Started, Introduction, Unit Schedule
    • A1 Instructions, and Internet Business Basics
    • Network, Attention, and Sharing Economies
    • Case studies
    • A2 & 3 Instructions, and Online Collaboration
    • A4 Instructions, Digital Capitalism
    • Free Economy
    • Gift Economy
    • Revise concepts and readings from throughout the unit
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

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

      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials

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

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

To be an Internet user is, essentially, to be part of the economics of the Internet, through innumerable commercial transactions and by being part of audiences sold for advertising. In this subject, you will come to understand the dynamics of Internet commence, including the 'free' services that are part of the attention economy; you will also analyse the importance for the Internet of an alternative economic forms, for instance - the gift economy. Ultimately, you will understand how the Internet might, within capitalism, be associated with economic rewards and risks; and how developments on the Internet have altered business practices and approaches.

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  • Collaborative Software Review (20%)
  • Project Plan (10%)
  • Report and Project Diary (35%)
  • Essay (35%)

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