Credit points: 15

Subject outline

As the 21st Century unfolds our personal and social lives are increasingly influenced by digital technologies. Social media has transformed how we interact with each other. Online gaming and video streaming provide new forms of entertainment; fake news, big data and digital propaganda define the outcomes of national elections and shape public opinion; advances in VR (virtual reality) and AI(artificial intelligence) herald a brave new cyborg world of driverless cars, robotics, and media production. This subject examines the social and cultural significance of these technologies to everyday life, including as embedded in "digital divides" between rich and poor, globally and locally. Students will learn about the fast-growing field of Digital Anthropology, including how social scientists incorporate these technologies in their own research.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Herriman

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesMultiple choice questions, in-class assessments, major essay, online forums and readings.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 Credit Points of First Year studies


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically evaluate key texts related to digital anthropology.
02. Write a critical and coherent essay that demonstrates awareness of benefits and shortcomings of various anthropological theories.
03. Present a sustained written argument in Anthropology
04. Apply and evaluate with anthropological ideas relating to the digital world.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Herriman

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 2.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2000-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO3

Online exercise (1000-word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO4

Weekly multiple choice questions (1,000-word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1