ASC320 - Hatred, Conspiracies and Violence in a Digital World

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Matteo Vergani
Cohort rule:



At least eight credit points towards your degree



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


While this unit will discuss the social changes around sexual identity and the internet, as well as sex crimes on the net, students will not be required to, nor be able to, access internet pornography sites. University policy clearly states that users of university servers are prohibited from accessing pornographic or other such sites and the unit team thoroughly endorses this policy


This Cloud unit will explore the main social harms associated with the use of digital technologies. This unit examines issues such as the propagation of misinformation in virtual networks, online and real-world crimes associated with the circulation of online hatred and the regulatory responses to these developments. Importantly, the techniques of social science research and theory will be used to evaluate and understand these developments. This unit will enable students to research the area and critically enhance their capacity to understand how virtual forms of communication and interaction raise new dilemmas for the study of crime and justice, social relations and identity. A range of disciplines (sociology, criminology and political science) are used to understand these changes and provide the means to actively participate in deliberation on how living in the electronic age produces both continuity and change to our sense of
self, society and democracy.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Identify and explain the key concepts and perspectives used in the sociological analysis of digital communication technologies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2 Demonstrate oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

GLO2: Communication

ULO3 Develop skills in the use and analysis of digital communication tools

GLO3: Digital literacy

ULO4 Evaluate, analyse and critically discuss the sociological literature on digital communication technologies

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO5 Learn independently

GLO6: Self-management

ULO6 Discuss digital communication issues in both an Australian and global context

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Multimedia presentation 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Report 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Seminar, online exercises 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASC320
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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