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									Info 203: Social and Organizational
Issues of Information

  Course Introduction: Social Science
  Perspectives on Information and Information
Your Instructors…

• Coye Cheshire
  305A, South Hall
  Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 4-5:30

• Judd Antin (Graduate Instructing Assistant)
  (shared office hours and location)

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Your Class…

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 Course Logistics: Instruction

• Online Syllabus

• Some special sessions (group discussions, debates)

• Lecture format with open class discussions
  – No laptops during lecture and discussion (thank us later)

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Course Logistics: Reading Response
Papers and Participation
Reading Response Papers (15%)
   – Write critical responses to weekly readings (2 pages, double-

   – Not summaries; these are about your responses and thoughts
     on course readings.

   – Due every other Thursday in class (weeks 2, 4, etc)

   – Graded on a check, check-minus, check-plus scale

Participation (10%)
   – Attendance and class participation

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Course Logistics: Assignments

Assignments (45%)
  – There will be three course assignments. Details on
    each assignment will be distributed in class.

  – Each will be a take-home assignment (15% each).

  – Some parts of the assignments will ask you to
    answer essay questions, other parts may ask you
    to provide a topic or a basic outline for your final

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  Assignments: Final Paper
• Final Paper (30%)

  – You will choose
    your topic, research
    it, and defend an

  – Final paper will be
    ~25-35 pages.

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Course Logistics: Readings

Course Reader:
  – Available from Copy
    Central, Bancroft Way.

  – $61.06, one volume

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Some Thoughts About the Readings…

All readings are
 required, but readings
 are broken into
 reasonable amounts
 each week.

A mix of theory,
 empirical work and
 case studies

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Other questions?
   Overview of Course Goals

…To discuss aspects of information and
 technology from a social scientific

…Think critically about information and

…Learn from theory and empirical

…Learn how to describe problems, justify
 them, and write about them clearly

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Course Topics: The Social Side of Information

– Current issues in socio-
  technical systems

– Social implications of
  the Internet

– Reading and
  evaluating social
  science research
  (quantitative and
  qualitative approaches)

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 Topics: Information and Technology Adoption
 and Use

– Diffusion of Innovations

– Communication in

– Tacit and explicit
  knowledge; Information

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Topics: Deconstructing the User
 – Trust, Reputation
   and Identity

 – Key theoretical
   perspectives on
   technology and

 – Challenges to
   designing with
   social factors in
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Topics: Groups, Communities and Online

 – Community Structure
   and Dynamics

 – Crowdsourcing; user-
   generated content

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Understanding Information and
Information Technology from a Social
Science Perspective
Information Communication Systems and

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Other Information Communication Systems
and Technologies…

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Thinking broadly about ‘Information’

When we think of information
systems only in terms of new
technology, we risk missing
underlying issues and the
significance of use.

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 Thinking from a Social Science Perspective

• Question your assumptions; try to
  consider ideas about information and
  technology that would challenge
  these assumptions.

• Be very cautious about anything that
  supposedly relies on ‚common
   – *spoilier* warning: ‘common sense’ is not
     the same thing as ‘true’.

• Try to think about technology in
  terms of processes and changes.

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  For Thursday…

• Brown and Duguid’s
‚The Social Life of Information‛

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