Social Informatics

Course code 72374

This online course will introduce you to social informatics through critical reflection on uses of information and communication technologies and their social and cultural impact.

Social Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their interaction with institutional and cultural contexts.

Topics covered include History of ICTs, ICT in the 21st century, ICT and Communities and Workplaces.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

To study this course, you need to have 40 credits at Level 6, or comparable industry experience. The course leader will determine this.

Students who successfully complete this online course will be able to

  • critically reflect on their own uses of information and communication technologies with reference to the significance of cultural and social contexts and technical innovations over time;
  • analyse and critique the social and cultural impact of the use of information and communication technology on contemporary events
  • evaluate the impact of information and communication technologies on community, workplace and personal life, locally and globally


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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