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INFOSYS 296A / Section 2 
3 unit(s) 
Social Analysis of Information/Technology 

This page last updated 1/24/00
Instructor(s) Nancy Van House
E-mail: vanhouse@sims.berkeley.edu
Office: 307A South Hall

David Levy, formerly of Xerox PARC


Time/Location W 10:30 - 12:30 
107 South Hall

Prerequisites Consent of instructors



   Added 1/21.  Will be continually updated, as semester progresses.
Course Description At the first course meeting, we discussed the content and readings and how the course will proceed.  The seminar will be fairly informal.  The primarly focus will be reading  and discussing a variety of interesting and perhaps provocative materials.

A term paper will be required.

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 will 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 will 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 will be: 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 PhD 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. 


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