Spring 2021: Online Communities
This class explores practical and theoretical topics in online communities through inquiry into one or more particular online communities. Student projects will explore online communities as social and technical systems, including their alignment with conceptualizations of community, expressed and apparent interests, nature of membership and participation, history, participants’ motivations for involvement, and explicit, implicit, and infrastructural features that enable and constrain behaviors. Counts as Investigations in Information Science.
Fall 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2016: INFO 4601/5601 Ethical and Policy Dimensions of Information, Technology, and New Media
This course explores the ethical and legal complexities of information and communication technology. By combining real-world inquiry with creative speculation, students will probe everyday ethical dilemmas they face as digital consumers, creators, and coders, as well as relevant policy. Students explore themes such as privacy, intellectual property, social justice, free speech, artificial intelligence, and social media. Student work will be both writing and project-based, and the coursework will draw heavily from real world controversies, current events, and science fiction. This information ethics and policy course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and is designed to be interdisciplinary, drawing from computer science, media and communication, and law.
This course explores and analyzes fan communities in a digital context. Through applied research, students will investigate online spaces devoted to participatory and remix culture, media fandom, and fan creation. This class will draw concepts and methods from fan studies, social computing, ethnography, data science, and sociology to drive project-based inquiry.
Fall 2017: INFO 2131 Ecosystems Studio
This course introduces students to practices in information science, focusing on techniques for working with communities, organizations, and institutions in the transformative use of information. Through design explorations, activities, and small group projects, students will develop facility examining, navigating, and designing to support the complex interactions across ecosystems formed by and through data. In Fall 2017, a focus of the course will be networked and online communities. Students will engage in participant observation, digital ethnography, and other methods of understanding behavior in communities. The course will also have a law and ethics component, with a focus on internet and technology governance.
This course surveys foundational theories and concepts in Information Science. Students will learn to read and reflect critically about seminal texts, tracing their intellectual genealogies from a variety of originating disciplines to their appropriation by Information Science. Students will apply these theories to contemporary issues and problems.