Masters by coursework
The Social Science of the Internet specialisation in the Master of Social Research at the Australian National University was established in 2008. This is a unique program which provides students with a thorough understanding of the relevant theory and methods for empirical social science internet research. In particular, students learn about:
- the fundamental changes to society, politics and the economy brought about by the Web
- social science concepts and methods for understanding life in the Digital Age
- online research methods for collecting and analysing internet data
At present, the compulsory courses are:
- SOCY6066 Social Science of the Internet (taught every year since 2008)
- SOCR8006 Online Research Methods (taught every year since 2009)
The course convenor is Robert Ackland, and his book Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age (SAGE) was published in 2013.
The following undergraduate course will be taught from 2017:
We regularly run short courses on network and text analysis, with specific focus on data collected from the web. We currently offer the following 5-day course as part of the ACSPRI Winter/Summer Program:
- Big Data Analysis for Social Scientists - This course introduces students to the collection and analysis of socially-generated 'big data' using the R statistical software, VOSON software for hyperlink network construction and Gephi network visualisation software. The next course is running at the University of Melbourne, 6-10 February 2017. Book here!