I’m looking forward to teaching Social Informatics again this semester at Simmons SLIS. I’m using my module on Critical Informatics at the beginning of the course as an opportunity to incorporate a few new topics this year, including Feminist Theories of Technology, Black Cyberfeminism, and Design Justice, building on other critical theoretical perspectives in LIS.
Here is the link to the syllabus for this semester.
“Social Informatics” refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization – including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. This graduate seminar is for students interested in the influence of information technology in the human context, including cultural heritage, professional concerns, and social inequities. The course introduces some of the key concepts of social informatics and situates them into the view of varied perspectives including readers, librarians, computer professionals, authors, educators, publishers, editors, and the institutions that support them.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe a variety of social, political, and economic contexts that shape information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their impact on society.
- Demonstrate knowledge of social systems and how they interact with ICTs.
- Discuss concepts that illuminate the intersections of race, class, gender, identity, ability, and ICTs.
- Identify a range of ethical, legal, and policy issues that impact the design and use of ICTs.
The course syllabus is available under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.