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.
Cost2024$793 NZ Domestic$2,464 NZ International2025
Delivery typeOnline only
Teaching weeks 16 weeks
Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying
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.
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
Computer and internet requirements
To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.
You can do this course as part of these qualifications:
Certificate of Proficiency
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Environment) (OP701007)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Psychology) (OP701029)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication) (OP701002)
Course availability over the next 12 months