An exploration of the interdisciplinary field of information science, including information seeking behavior, information as a commodity, digital divide, information overload, information privacy and accessibility. Students engage in critical dialogue about the complexities of the current and evolving information environment to become effective and ethical consumers and users of information. Fall.
How do we create, maintain, and preserve information for personal, historical, and societal purposes? This interdisciplinary course draws from information science, book history, and communication, to explore the evolution of writing and recordkeeping by organizations, government, and individuals, and the impact of different technologies on print and digital recorded information. Spring.
This course explores conceptual, historical, institutional, and legal foundations of contemporary information policy. Students focus on five key information policy domains: telecommunications and network development; competition, concentration, and freedom of expression; intellectual property in the information industries; privacy, security, and freedom of information; and collaboration and innovation policy. Prerequisite: 24 credits of ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Spring, odd years.
How do we engage in information creation in ethical ways? How do online groups help produce information? This interdisciplinary course draws from information science, communication, and education, allowing students to produce digital content as a means of self-discovery, self-expression, and community engagement while considering the ethics of knowledge creation. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.
Intensive study of selected topics in Information Studies. May be repeated as topics change. Spring, even years.
Advanced individual study of an issue, problem, or topic related to information studies under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.