INF 380C - Information in Social and Cultural Context
Examines the role of information in human activities, particularly in relation to particular social and cultural contexts. Examines how individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and society at large create, find, use, understand, share, transform, and curate information.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
Effective Fall 2014, MSIS students must earn a grade of B or better in the MSIS core courses (below) in order for the courses to apply to the master's degree. A grade of B- does NOT satisfy this requirement.
The course examines frameworks for understanding the role of
information in society such as social construction; introduces
concepts from science and technology studies, feminist technology
studies, queer and archival theory; explores how information and
information technology is an asset that is unequally distributed
in society and what the implications are; considers what it means
to be a community of information or an information society;
identifies the role of social and cultural, including identity,
diversity, and inclusion factors play in the adoption and use of
information technologies; provides a framework for understanding
the ethics and professionalization of information; explores the
role of information in personal and collective identity and
memory; and considers other topics that relate culture or society
to information. Students will consider how creating, finding,
using, understanding, sharing, transforming, and curating
information impacts and is impacted by the social and cultural
contexts of individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and
society at large.