Class Description

Fall 2020

INF 386 History of Information and Society : History of Information in the United States

Unique ID: 27292 Donald Westbrook
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Syllabus
UTA 1.208


A survey of the history of information, with a focus on information professions and centers (e.g. libraries, archives, schools, museums, newspapers, social media, non-profit/for-profit corporations, government settings, etc.) in the United States over the last 150 years. Interdisciplinary examination of “information” and its manifestations in historical but also philosophical, sociological, political, economic, journalistic, and technological contexts.


Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.


Instructional mode will alternate between periodic in-person class meetings and online coursework.


Registration priority given to iSchool students. Additional seats may open up for outside students in a later registration period.