Information holds a critical place in contemporary global society through its creation, dissemination and consumption. In LIS 2000, students will focus on understanding the development of the information society and how information interacts with modern society. They will examine issues such as information access, power, censorship, intellectual property, privacy, democracy, and social networks highlighting their interconnectedness. Additionally, students will discuss how information seeking behavior and consumption changed over the past century and its relationship to the aforementioned topics.
The course structure, assignments, and texts are designed to expand students’ understanding of the role of information within a global society, how society’s engagement with information changed during the past century, and its current challenges.
The primary text, The Information Society: A Study of Continuity and Change, provides students’ foundation through four parts: the historical dimension; the economic dimension; the political dimension; and the information profession. Students will engage in the material from this text through interactive lectures.
The secondary text, Everyday Information: The Evolution of Information Seeking in America, will serve as a discussion platform for students to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize the diversity (and complexity) of information uses in society and its global interdependency. In each of its eleven chapters, Everyday Information focuses on the changing nature of a specific information seeking process, such as purchasing a car, use of public information, following sports, and maintaining interpersonal relationships (i.e., social networks).
The text is available through LSU Libraries as an e-textbook.
LIS 2000 meets the Course Criteria and Learning Competency for General Education Courses in the Social Sciences. Specifically it addresses students’ achievement of the following competency: LSU graduates will demonstrate an understanding of factors associated with global interdependence, including economic, political, cultural, and linguistic factors.
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