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LIS-S 541 Information Policy

3 credits

Prerequisites: LIS S500, S501, S502, and S503

Data creation/publication/dissemination and use occur in a complex social context. Legal and regulatory structures continue to evolve to control these processes. This course explores international and U.S. principles, laws, and regulations affecting the information industry. Focus varies with the topic; for example, copyright of electronic information sources or trans-border data flow. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of professional codes of ethics with respect to socio-technical practices and information flows.
  2. Design information policies and justify policy decisions based on ethical frameworks, literature, and research.
  3. Appraise and interpret the goals, purposes, and interests that information flows are designed to serve and do in fact serve.
  4. Evaluate how values, norms, and socio-technical systems support or undermine contextual expectations of information flows.
  5. Communicate conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical ideas on information ethics and policy, grounded in varied literature.

Course Delivery

  • Online

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