Info 296A

Social Analysis of Information/Technology

2-4 units

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Course Description

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the domains of social analysis now emerging, and to address issues surrounding information, knowledge, and information technology. We look at issues of self, community, and organizations; social and organizational processes; approaches to social theory useful in understanding information and it; and anything else that we find relevant. We read from such areas as knowledge management, CSCW (computer supported cooperative work), studies of work practice, science studies, legal analysis, and social informatics, to name just a few.

Some unifying themes are: what assumptions about information and knowledge are embedded in these literatures? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches in thinking about information practices, individual and collective, and the design of information systems? How can we better bring together social sciences approaches and key issues in information and information technology?

Suitable for Ph.D. students in SIMS and other disciplines interested in information and IT, and interested MIMS students. This is a very exploratory seminar, the content of which will be shaped in part by the interests of the participants.



Last updated:

January 10, 2017