ASC320 - Hatred, Conspiracies and Violence in a Digital World


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



At least eight credit points towards your degree



Incompatible with:


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 - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


While this unit will discuss the social changes around sexual identity and the internet, as well as sex crimes on the net, students will not be required to, nor be able to, access internet pornography sites. University policy clearly states that users of university servers are prohibited from accessing pornographic or other such sites and the unit team thoroughly endorses this policy


This Cloud unit will explore the main social harms associated with the use of digital technologies. This unit examines issues such as the propagation of misinformation in virtual networks, online and real-world crimes associated with the circulation of online hatred and the regulatory responses to these developments. Importantly, the techniques of social science research and theory will be used to evaluate and understand these developments. This unit will enable students to research the area and critically enhance their capacity to understand how virtual forms of communication and interaction raise new dilemmas for the study of crime and justice, social relations and identity. A range of disciplines (sociology, criminology and political science) are used to understand these changes and provide the means to actively participate in deliberation on how living in the electronic age produces both continuity and change to our sense of
self, society and democracy.

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