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Information Studies Minor

FALL 2021 Courses

All classes are for 3 credits.

LIB 3010 Topics in Information Studies: Digital Archives and Current Events

Days & Times: Tuesday / Thursday, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Mode: Online – Synchronous
Instructor: Prof. Jessica Wagner Webster
Prerequisite: ENG 2100

This course will help students think critically about how digital materials impact our society, and how they are used to construct narratives about society and its history. Students will also learn about different kinds of digital materials, how they are prone to obsolescence, and how archivists maintain them for posterity.

LIB 3032 Economics of Information

Days & Times: TBA
Mode: Online – Asynchronous
Instructor: Prof. Lewis Liu
Prerequisite: ENG 2100

This course examines economic theories and analyses that have been applied to the information market and the issues on the uniqueness of information in contemporary society. Topics include asymmetry of information in various markets, demand and supply in the information market, production and cost functions and cost-benefit analysis of information products and services, and information as a public good vs. information as a commodity.

LIB 3040 Information and Society

Days & Times: Monday / Wednesday, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Mode: Online – Synchronous
Instructor: Prof. Bobbie Pollard
Prerequisite: ENG 2100

Days & Times: TBA
Mode: Online – Asynchronous
Instructor: Linda Rath
Prerequisite: ENG 2100

This course examines the nature, production, value, and uses of information in historical perspective; the latest developments 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 COM 3040 and PAF 3040)

 

LIB 3065 Electronic Resources and Research Methods for Writers

Days & Times: TBA
Mode: Online – Asynchronous
Instructor: Prof. Christopher Tuthill
Prerequisite: ENG 2150. Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 2500, ENG 2550, or departmental permission.

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 Advanced Topics in Information Studies: Digital Archives and Current Events

Days & Times: Monday / Wednesday, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Mode: Online – Synchronous
Instructor: Prof. Jessica Wagner Webster
Prerequisite: ENG 2100 and two 3000-level LIB courses or departmental permission

Serving as the capstone for the Information Studies minor, this course will help students think critically about how digital materials impact our society, and how they are used to construct narratives about society and its history. Students will also learn about different kinds of digital materials, how they are prone to obsolescence, and how archivists maintain them for posterity.

 

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