CCGL9023 Global Issues

Internet, Media and Society

[This course is under the thematic cluster of ‘Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth’.]

Course Description

This course explores the global impact of the Internet – how it has transformed our means of communication, how it has reshaped our patterns of media consumption, and how it has been redefining our lifestyles. The course provides an overview of how we are affected by the technological changes at the personal, social, cultural, political, economic and psychological level, drawing on the readings from different fields. A critical examination of the duties and responsibilities of the Internet users – in other words, all of us – aims at enhancing your abilities to assert your rights, to respect those of others and to build on your capacity to promote quality dialogue and critical reflection of important topics as global citizens.

The overriding goal of this course is to teach you to use critical thinking skills in evaluating both the issues and content surrounding the Internet.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the global development of the Internet with its myriad impacts on the daily personal lives of individuals around the world.
  2. Identify and analyze the prevailing practices of institutional and individual Internet users, including those who have created changes or controversies in society.
  3. Understand and appraise fundamental ethical and legal principles, including in such areas as freedom of speech, privacy, defamation, copyright and obscenity, and how they affect Internet users.
  4. Analyze key issues and debates that are changing the nature and use of the Internet worldwide.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills to increase online literacy and thus enhance comprehension and effective use of the Internet.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second semester (Wed)

Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 10
Reading / Self-study 30
Group debates 10
Assessment: Self-reporting survey 8
Assessment: Self-reflective monologue (incl preparation) 20
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 12
Assessment: Take-home written examination (incl preparation) 10
Total: 124

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Take-home written examination 30
Group presentations 25
Quizzes 10
Class participation 5
Self-reporting survey 10
Self-reflective monologue 20

Required Reading

Students will receive weekly reading excerpts from a variety of different sources, including the library and Internet.

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Dr M. Kajimoto
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 4005
Teacher(s) Contact
Dr M. Kajimoto
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 4005