Info 203 Social and Organizational Issues of Information Course Introduction Social Science Perspectives on Information and Information Technology Your Instructors… • Coye Cheshire

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					Info 203: Social and Organizational
Issues of Information

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

• Coye Cheshire
  305A, South Hall
  coye@ischool.berkeley.edu
  Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 4-5:30


• Judd Antin (Graduate Instructing Assistant)
  jantin@ischool.berkeley.edu
  (shared office hours and location)


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Your Class…




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 Course Logistics: Instruction


• Online Syllabus
  http://courses.ischool.berkeley.edu/i203/s08/

• 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-
     spaced)

   – 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
    paper.

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  Assignments: Final Paper
• Final Paper (30%)

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

  – 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
 perspective

…Think critically about information and
 technology

…Learn from theory and empirical
 examples

…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
  Networks

– Tacit and explicit
  knowledge; Information
  sharing



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Topics: Deconstructing the User
 – Trust, Reputation
   and Identity


 – Key theoretical
   perspectives on
   technology and
   users

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


 – 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
Technologies




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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
  sense‛.
   – *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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