INF 386 - History of Information and Society: Information in Everyday Life

Fall 2008
Unique ID: 27982
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Aspray, William
Room: SZB 464
Days:  Tue
Time: 9:00-12:00P

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Topics on the histories of information; libraries; archives; information science, technology, and businesses; conservation; and museums.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

This course will examine the use of information and information technology in the pursuit of everyday life in America. The course will begin by looking at some concepts of information and information businesses that have been employed in the past by scholars. It will then look at the principal literature on the Internet and everyday life before having the students examine not only the Internet but information and information technology more generally and its effects on everyday American life in such domains as work, dating, family life, commuting, politics, work-life balance, education, entertainment, news, health, travel, friendships, interpersonal communication, and material goods such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Topic Description:
Information in Everyday Life

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