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Virtual Cultures: Sex, Politics and War in Cyberspace (6 points)


Leader: Ned Rossiter (Berwick), Dr Simon Cooper (Gippsland, OCL)

Berwick Second semester 2004 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2004 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2004 (OCL)

Synopsis: This unit aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the material factors (economic, social, political, cultural) which influence the use and construction of virtual spaces on the internet. The unit examines the multiple features and often conflicting dimensions of network societies and informational economies. The unit provides an important theoretical context through which students of communications and media studies can further develop their own interests.

Assessment: Seminar paper (2000 words): 40% + Online documentation (2 x 100 words, 1 x 300 words): 20% + Research essay (2000 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial (weeks 1-10); 2 hr seminar (weeks 11-13)

Prerequisites: COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents

Prohibitions: GSC2417, GSC3417, COM3417

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