The Digital Economy
Undergraduate | CUR-NET205 | 2024
Learn to understand the dynamics of the digital economy, including the importance of platforms, networks, attention, and growth. Explore alternative economic forms, such as peer-to-peer and gift economies.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Enrol by
- 19 May 2024
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
- Start dates
- 27 May 2024,
- 25 Nov 2024
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
The Digital Economy
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand and apply collaborative skills relevant to the digital economy
- analyse the relationship between the Internet and capitalism, with reference to specific case studies
- demonstrate understanding of the role of ‘free’ labour in the digital economy.
- Introduction: the Digital Economy
- Collaborating Effectively Online
- The Digital Economy is about... Networks
- The Digital Economy is about... Platforms
- The Digital Economy is about... Attention
- The Digital Economy is about... Growth
- The Digital Economy is about... Flexibility
- Team Report Workshop
- Digital Capitalism
- Gift Economies
- Peer-to-Peer Economies
This subject was previously known as Internet Commerce and Consumers.
The Internet has fundamentally reshaped the global economy, and with it our experiences as workers and consumers. In this subject, you will come to understand the dynamics of the digital economy, including the importance of platforms, networks, attention, and growth. You will also explore alternative economic models facilitated by the Internet, such as the gift economy. This subject will provide you with a nuanced perspective on how the economy has changed over recent decades, why it matters, and what might happen next.
Further Information: List of topics is indicative and subject to minor change prior to the start of each Study Period.
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- Essay (35%)
- Project Plan (20%)
- Group Project Report (45%)
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To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:
- CUR-WEB101-Web Communications
CUR-NET11 (Not currently available)
and one of
- CUR-NET102-Digital Culture and Everyday Life
CUR-NET12 (Not currently available)
You won't be able to enrol into this subject if you've already successfully completed or currently enrolled in the following subject(s) as they are considered anti-requisites due to the similarity of the content.
NET12 is the same as NET102 and NET11 is the same as WEB101.
No additional requirements
- 0.125 EFTSL
- This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
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6 student respondents between 20 Feb 2023 - 20 Feb 2024.
100%of students felt the study load was manageable
66%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills
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