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ARIN3620: Researching Digital Cultures

2024 unit information

How do people make and use new media technologies? To answer this question you need to know how to conduct research: a systematic investigation using carefully chosen and ethically sound methods. In this unit students prepare a research proposal to improve knowledge about the social implications of the latest developments in information technologies. They build their methodology by choosing a combination of methods: big data analysis; ethnography, interviews, surveys, online methods, discourse analysis, content analysis and/or case studies.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Media and Communications

Code ARIN3620
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6
(6 credit points at 2000 level in ARIN and (12 credit points at 1000 level in ARIN or 1000 level in MECO)) or (12 credit points at 2000 level in DECO or DESN)
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Build skills and understanding towards writing a research project proposal investigating a case study in digital cultures: identifying social and cultural practices that emerge with humans and technological components.
  • LO2. Develop your capacity to define and understand how to develop and apply a research methodology that uses appropriate methods including observation, participatory observation, interviews, focus groups, surveys, discourse analysis, web sphere analysis, as well as content and textual analysis.
  • LO3. Participate in in-class and out-of-class exercises experimenting with these methods and documenting your experience.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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