INF 380E - Perspectives on Information
A multi-disciplinary and historical examination of information as a primary and foundational concept. Contrasts key literature from information studies with perspectives from other fields.
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.
A multi-disciplinary and historical examination of information as a primary and foundational concept. Contrasts key literature from information studies with perspectives from other fields. This course provides a foundation for understanding the theories, assumptions and perspectives on the nature of information as it appears in a variety of fields. We will consider information-related theories, objects and issues from three core perspectives: Information Organization and Access, Knowledge Management and Informatics, and Information Processing and Computation. Students will learn to identify the role of information studies, broadly construed, and its role in particular environments and contexts. Students will develop a vocabulary and expertise for thinking critically about the challenges inherent in defining, organizing and accessing information. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate visions for future directions in the information professions and in information studies.