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COM3417 - Virtual Cultures: Sex, Politics and War in Cyberspace

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Ned Rossiter (Berwick), Philip Dearman (Gippsland, OCL)


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


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.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to satisfactorily demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of contemporary issues and elements of the 'information society'.
  2. An understanding of internet cultures, contexts, and emerging paradigms within new media theory.
  3. A capacity to research internet sites and information relevant to research topics.
  4. Critical reflection upon the kind of multiple literacies needed to effectively engage within contemporary workplace environments.

Distinction between 2nd and 3rd levels:
  1. Third Year level will require students to demonstrate a greater breadth of reading and a more extended understanding of the theoretical issues covered in the subject.


Seminar paper (2000 words): 40%
Online postings (500 words): 20%
Research essay (2000 words): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents


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