ALC702 - Making Sense of Communities Online


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar weeks 1-9, 1 x 4 hour workshop week 11

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week equivalent


This unit will utilise netnography and other tools to understand community dynamics and social patterns of interaction online. Students will learn how to gain insight to communities and social engagement in digital environments from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing insights from media studies, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Community management techniques will be analysed as part of an integrated approach to online engagement strategies, while technological affordances of media will help us explain how design shapes culture and community. Students will put their learnings into practice, gaining new insights to a unique community through rigorous, ethical, and innovative participant observation and reporting.

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