POLIS 7021 - Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

The Internet has become the de facto medium for communication, both person-to-person, and on a broader canvas of publicity and mass communication. Social networking shows the power of the internet to blend these hitherto separate areas of activity into the one hybrid form: personal and yet impersonal. Convergence of technology has brought all manner of social engagement (music, film, even artistic installations) onto the Internet. With the advent of `smart-phones' and cheap Internet carriers such as Skype, telephony has become a crucial piece in broader puzzle. The global economy too has recognised the Internet's immense power, with platforms such as FaceBook gathering more customers than any business in history, and thereby creating a genuinely global market for services. These changes have enormous implications for the theory and practice of politics, citizenship, human rights, activism and policing. Changes are evident in communication between traditional politicians and their extended electorates, grass-roots social and political movements (GetUp!), the foundation of new forms of people-power in North Africa and the Middle East, or the spread of radicalisation for religious extremist causes. These disparate forms of politics co-habit in the one broad virtual world. This course explores the intriguing facets of the politics of the internet, bringing together scholars from Politics, Media and Intelligence Studies to do so.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 7021
    Course Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) with cognate elements
    Incompatible POLIS 5027
    Restrictions Available to MA students only
    Course Description The Internet has become the de facto medium for communication, both person-to-person, and on a broader canvas of publicity and mass communication. Social networking shows the power of the internet to blend these hitherto separate areas of activity into the one hybrid form: personal and yet impersonal. Convergence of technology has brought all manner of social engagement (music, film, even artistic installations) onto the Internet. With the advent of `smart-phones' and cheap Internet carriers such as Skype, telephony has become a crucial piece in broader puzzle. The global economy too has recognised the Internet's immense power, with platforms such as FaceBook gathering more customers than any business in history, and thereby creating a genuinely global market for services. These changes have enormous implications for the theory and practice of politics, citizenship, human rights, activism and policing. Changes are evident in communication between traditional politicians and their extended electorates, grass-roots social and political movements (GetUp!), the foundation of new forms of people-power in North Africa and the Middle East, or the spread of radicalisation for religious extremist causes. These disparate forms of politics co-habit in the one broad virtual world. This course explores the intriguing facets of the politics of the internet, bringing together scholars from Politics, Media and Intelligence Studies to do so.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wayne Errington

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After the course students will be able to:

    1. Participate in sophisticated debates about politics, media and communication.
    2. Discuss contentious political issues respectfully.
    3. Produce critically analytical written work which engages with current trends.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2,3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None
    Recommended Resources
    None
    Online Learning
    Due to the subject matter there is significant engagement with online resources.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students must come prepared for the face to face seminar by engaging with the resources on MyUni.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

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    Learning Activities Summary
    Online acitivities plus a three hour seminar.
    Specific Course Requirements
    None
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students work in teams on an in-class project.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Class presentation 10%
    In class exercises 20%
    Research essay 70%

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    1. Class presentation is no longer required.
    2. In-class exercises are online and now worth 30%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    None
    Assessment Detail
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    Submission
    Submission via MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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