Please consider taking S514: Computerization in Society in the School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) this fall.
Information and communication technologies are becoming more and more pervasive, and our ability to access and organize information is shaping how we do business and interact socially. This course discusses issues, theories, and practice in this emerging information society. The first part of the course focuses on concepts and socio-technical frameworks important in understanding the embedded nature of information and information technology in society. In the second part of the course, students apply these concepts and frameworks to case studies and related writings—for example, digital divide, privacy, news reporting, etc.
The topics for the final papers in the past include:
• Surveillance and its relevance for IU students
• One laptop per child
• Indymedia: a Habermasian Analysis
• Virtual learning:Education and Second Life
• Open source software
• Political Use of the Internet
This course will be helpful for those who are interested in understanding the complex relationships that exist among and between information technology, people, and institutions in any social setting.
I’d be happy to talk about this course if you have any questions. Please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).