UNI SP4 Study Period 4 2014

NET102 Unit Outline


For many people, their everyday life now involves constant interaction with the internet. Indeed the internet is becoming an almost invisible part of these experiences. As cyberspace and real space come together, it is easy to miss the effects of the internet on us and our society. Through several specific topics - such as dating, music, games, faith, health and politics - this unit will help you to investigate the internet from various perspectives and across a range of experiences. You will also learn to analyse the internet conceptually, understanding how technology and society intertwine.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate knowledge of how the internet and people’s everyday lives are interconnected
  • present effectively reasoned views about the causes, circumstances and consequences of the internet in everyday life
  • analyse the internet in everyday life to gain broader insights into its impact on society, especially in relation to our - experience of time and space
  • demonstrate understanding of the similarities and differences in the way the internet is experienced, and how it is represented in private and public discourse
  • identify, understand and begin using broad categories (community economy and power) to analyse the social basis of internet technology.



This unit addresses the following topics.

Number Topic
1. How has the internet changed and influenced everyday life - both your own life and the lives of others
2. The broader issues of the impact of the internet on community, identity, economy and society