Course Description
Social and Cultural Impact of New Information
IS 246
3 units, UCLA   Fall 1999
Wed 17:00-20:00, 121 GSE&IS Bldg
Instructor:  Howard Besser


This course explores current events and links them to theoretical perspectives from a number of different disciplines: public policy, LIS, critical theory, creative arts, political science, education, etc.  Each week we explore information issues that have made the news that week (from announcements of new products, to court cases, to take-overs and mergers, to public policy debates).  Students learn about the latest topics and trends, as well as learning how to deconstruct the rhetoric and understand what is going on under the surface.  Each student participates in a focus group representing a particular discipline/perspective, and that focus group is responsible for summarizing background readings from that perspective for the rest of the class.  This course has been taught in a variety of venues since 1993 (see  A look at last Fall's UC Berkeley class will give a flavor of the Fall 1999 UCLA class.

Return to the Impact Fall 1999 Homepage

Last updated