Critical Information Studies (CIS) concentration
Information for students who entered the program in September 2012 or before is available here.
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About changes to the MI program as of November 2012
The information on this page incorporates changes that were made to the MI program in November 2012. These changes apply to students who will be entering the MI program from September 2013 onward. Students who entered the program in September 2012 or before: please refer to the program requirements as they existed prior to the November 2012 changes here.
In the CIS concentration, information is understood not as a pre-existing entity to be stored, managed, or accessed. Instead, students will become familiar with methods and theories that address how information is created, used, and transformed, in practice and in context. A focus on the material processes and practices of contemporary society is intended to promote engagement and intervention in these practices, from a variety of professional and social positions.
- 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
Video: Professor Matt Ratto unpacks the CIS concentration.
Two core quarter courses (0.5 FCE total):
- INF1005H and INF1006H Information Workshops
Five required half courses (2.5 FCEs):
- INF1001H Knowledge and Information in Society
- INF2181H Information Policy, Regulation, and Law
- INF2198H Critical Histories of Information Technologies
- INF2240H Political Economy and Cultural Studies of Information
- INF2242H Studying Information and Knowledge Practices
Suggested elective courses:
- INF2124H Surveillance and Identity
- INF2125H Information and Culture in a Global Context
- INF2142H Theories of Classification and Knowledge Organization
- INF2155H The Public Library in the Community: Developing a Critical Practice
- INF2167H Community Informatics
- INF2221H Digital Divides and Information Professionals: Developing a Critical Practice
- INF2241H Critical Making
- INF2331H The Future of the Book
- KMD2004H Social Issues in Information and Communications Technologies