Internet Politics and Power

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online unit in Internet Politics and Power covers a range of topics, and examines the extent of ‘freedoms’ the internet enables, and what sort of impact this has had on global politics and our society today.

Delivered by Open Universities Australia and awarded by Curtin University, the unit encourages students to ask the question, ‘Who wants control?’ and dissects the ways in which some governments seek to control and censure the internet.

The unit also addresses of freedom of speech, and considers this topic from two standpoints: the value of freedom of speech against political censorship, and freedom of speech against moral censorship. The unit will then progress on to the matter of privacy. This covers the ‘terms of use’ of the internet, whether individuals on the internet have a right to privacy, and how this complex issue relates to online harassment. Such analysis then leads onto a discussion of internet regulation.

The final topics of the Internet Politics and Power unit encourage students to reflect on the architecture of connections, digital property, and the network and governance of the internet.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have not completed the unit, The Internet: Policy, Regulation and Governance

AND

  • Have successfully completed either Internet Communities and Social Networks, or Internet Commerce and Consumers

Areas of study

In this Internet Politics and Power unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: 'Who wants control?'
  • Political censorship vs. freedom of speech
  • Moral censorship vs. freedom of speech
  • Privacy and 'terms of use'
  • A right to privacy?
  • Harassment on the net
  • Introduction to regulation
  • The architecture of connection
  • Digital property and the network
  • Governing the net
  • Politics and power summary

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Technology (Computing Studies), RMIT University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will have a positive impact on your career by teaching you the developments in the role of the internet both in politics and power relations.

Students will develop a strong understanding of how the internet is used for both freedom and control, as well as in the change in interactions the internet has fostered in public, commercial and political life. This is applicable across a range of career fields as the internet is a growing necessity and constant in everyday life.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Internet Politics and Power from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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