Network Society (ARIN6901)

UNIT OF STUDY

Is the network the distinctive mode of organisation for the 21st century? The Internet is the paradigmatic mode of decentralised many-to-many communication that interconnects with the century-old telecommunications and broadcasting networks. Geopolitical networks have displaced left/right Cold War oppositions. Social and professional networks extend influence beyond traditional institutional and family allegiances. Network models have challenged rationalist rule-governed models of thought and practice. The interdisciplinary critical analysis of current research, theory and debates will allow students to understand and evaluate the significance of networks in the contemporary world.

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1x2-hr seminar/week

Assessment

1x1500wd online themed presentation (20%), 1x1000wd weblog (20%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), participation (20%)

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No

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