Information Studies Minor Courses: Fall 2016

LIB 3010 Topics in Information Studies: Freedom and Information in Cyberspace
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Mon/Wed 12:50 pm – 2:05 pm

Since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, government programs were developed that challenge American civil liberties and information freedom. Some of these programs were revealed through the documentation publicly shared by NSA contractor, Edward Snowden in 2013. This course aims to reveal the ethical implications of the dichotomy between information freedom and information security in a post 9/11-Snowden world. We will review the historic basis of government programs and how they operate secretly and in partnership with corporations, to create a vast and costly dragnet as part of the War on Terror, which includes the development of homegrown terrorism. We will examine the realities of security in the digital age with new and evolving forms of information and communication technologies in surveillance, wiretapping, and data mining.

LIB 3030 Archives, Documents, and Hidden History
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Tue/Thu 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of archival research. By exploring the variety and nature of primary source materials both real and virtual, students will have the opportunity to study and interpret historical, social, and cultural issues.

LIB 3040 Information and Society
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2100
Three sections:

  • Mon/Wed 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tue/Thu 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Tue/Thu 4:10 pm– 5:25 pm

This course examines the nature, production, value, and uses of information in historical perspective; the latest development in information technology; the ways information is produced and disseminated and how they affect business, politics, media, science, arts and culture; the growth of the information society; and major information policy issues. (Cross-listed with CIS 3040, COM 3040, and PAF 3040)

LIB 3065 Electronic Resources and Research Methods for Writers
3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150. Pre- or corequisite: ENG 2500, ENG 2550, or departmental permission.
Day/Time to be announced

This course explores the impact of information research on writing. Students develop proficiency in evaluating, identifying, and using relevant print, electronic, and Internet sources to locate the business, government, biographical, political, social, and statistical information necessary for in-depth journalistic reportage and other forms of research.

LIB 4900 Social Informatics: Studies in the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Information
3 hours, 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150 and two 3000-level LIB courses, or permission of the department
Mon/Wed 4:10pm – 5:25pm

This course serves as the capstone course for students who have completed two 3000-level courses chosen from the course listings for the minor in information studies. Social informatics can be defined as the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of information from social and organizational perspectives. In this course, students will analyze systems of information in context to gain insight into the basic principles of social informatics, as well as relevant social and moral issues. This course satisfies the capstone requirement of the information studies minor.

Information Studies Minor