Critical Information Policy Studies

Become a CIPS professional

Our globalizing information society needs a new breed of professional specifically trained in critical approaches to the study of information in all its manifestations.

In a world of increasingly ubiquitous and perpetually innovating information and communications technologies where no aspect of our lives as citizens, workers and consumers is untouched by their influence, governments and businesses alike demand professionals who can make sense of fundamental social change in the transition from the old analog world to the new digital one.

CIPS professionals identify, critically describe and interpret all aspects of the information life-cycle and within the full range of social contexts. They work within the public and private sectors to ensure the creation of beneficial policies, programs, and strategies. They grapple with issues that include: the digital divide, open data, open government, data protection, privacy, intellectual property, surveillance, cyber security, telecommunication policy, copyright, and consumer rights. Similarly, they critically investigate the use of body scanners, cloud computing, Facebook, Google Street View, social networking, and emerging technologies on which we are increasingly relying.

Specifications & Features

CIPS Concentration Specifications
Program Features
  • Gain an understanding of the relationships between information and social transformation or entrenchment
  • Develop an understanding of the mutual relationships between information systems and their political, economic, historical, and cultural contexts
  • Learn to evaluate how choices about information systems affect the growth and development of institutions, and vice versa
  • Learn about the critical perspectives and methods used to acknowledge and encompass cultural and social differences
  • Acquire an understanding about how information processes are useful in the constitution of social subjectivities

Student Experience & Professional Development

Engage widely in various professional circles and broaden your horizons beyond disciplinary boundaries. Our students, alumni and faculty are members of many professional associations. Our strong ties, built over many years, with these institutions keep us all abreast of the latest trends in the industries. Throughout the year, you may find representatives and members of these associations taking active roles in assisting our students by providing relevant industry insights and networking opportunities.

Learning experiences beyond the classroom include:
Professional Associations

Careers in Critical Information Policy Studies

Professionals in this field can be found in many types of organizations from governmental to non-governmental organizations, think-thanks, advocacy groups, foundations, councils, and many other types of organizations.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Consultant, Research and Analytics
Copyright Education Compliance Manager
Corporate Engagement Advisor
Humanitarian Affairs Advisor
Information Commissioner
Information Policy Developer
Information Privacy Officer
Information Security Consultant
Intellectual Property Assistant
Investigator, Standards Enforcement
Policy Advisor
Policy Analyst
Policy Project Supervisor
Program and Policy Associate
Research Analyst
Research and Communications Coordinator
Senior Specialist, Digital Advocacy
Women’s and Human Rights Programs Officer
CARE Canada
Canada Media Fund
Digital Defence Inc.
United Nations
United Way Toronto
Ontario College of Teachers
University of Toronto
American Express
Bank of Canada
CPP Investment Board
Financial Planning Standards Council

Cancer Care Ontario
Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario
Heart and Stroke Foundation
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
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