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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
South Africa First semester 2011 (Day)


This unit provides students with a critical understanding of the impact of information technology (IT) within contemporary social relations. Using case studies drawn from different social spheres, the unit explores the ways in which the diffusion of IT has reshaped thinking and practice concerning social collaboration, the production of knowledge and community building. Particular attention is paid to the emerging field of community informatics, and the implications that this field holds for the work of information and knowledge management professionals


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand the nature and operation of information communities within contemporary society;
  • have an understanding of community informatics as an emerging discipline and professional practice;
  • be familiar with contemporary debates concerning the social impact of information technology use;
  • gain understanding of the collaborative behaviours and interdependencies which contribute to notions of community;
  • demonstrate the ability to analyse and critique cases from the information industry.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%;

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Steve Wright

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorial/wk



Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: