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Internet Meets Society (UNIB10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeUNIB10005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Internet is now a familiar part of everyday life. But what exactly is the Internet? What is it used for and how is it implicated in the transformation of society, culture, community and our daily lives? This subject examines these and other critical questions in exploring the complex interplay between the technical and social dimensions of the Internet. Among the topics we cover here are the emergence of new forms of media culture, art, and commerce online; the nature and limitations of social media and its implications for personal identity and intimacy; "dark" uses of the Internet - such as for surveillance and criminal activity; and other interesting personal, ethical, and political issues which arise through activity on the Internet. Lectures, tutorials and student Blogs will equip students with the knowledge needed to critically appraise the interrelations between the Internet and society, and optional practical sessions will be used to build basic technical skills.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should:

  • Possess a critical understanding of the Internet as more than a technical phenomenon, but as a socially transformative and disruptive phenomenon;
  • Be able to provide a multi-disciplinary account of the interplay between technical and social phenomena;
  • Understand the broader ethical, social and legal implications of the Internet;
  • Appreciate the open questions that remain in relation to, and conflicting theoretical accounts of, widespread Internet adoption and use;
  • Experience participation in an online community.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Compulsory participation in both on-line forums and in tutorials (20%) of which 10% is on-line participation and 10% is tutorial participation. Each is based on presence, quality, insight and constructiveness. This assessment will take place throughout the semester, on a week-by-week basis.
  • Two written assignments of 2000 word equivalent per assignment. Students choose 2 out of 3 assignment options, each of which is equivalent in difficulty and required effort. Each assignment is worth 40%. Students have the option to choose to complete all three assignments, with the two highest scoring assignments counted towards their final grade. The first of the assignments will be due mid-semester, and the second (and third if applicable), at the completion of the semester.

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorMichael Arnold
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours40 hours - 2 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. plus another 4 x 1 hour practical sessions per semester (OPTIONAL)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Subject readings will be available on-line and extensive use of other on-line resources will be made.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 12 June 2019