Basic information

Instructor: Melanie Feinberg
Class location: UTA 1.208
Date and time: Monday or Tuesday (two different sections), 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Instructor information

E-mail: feinberg_at_ischool.utexas.edu
Office: UTA 5.446
Office phone: 512-471-8487
Office hours: Mondays 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The catalog description for this course reads as follows:

Perspectives on Information. A multi-disciplinary and historical examination of information as a primary and foundational concept. Contrasts key literature from information studies with perspectives from other fields.

Learning objectives

The broad conceptual foundation provided by this course will enable you to:

  • Appreciate the multifaceted extent of information as a concept, as it manifests in a variety of fields.
  • Identify the role of information studies, broadly construed, and how it fits in this kaleidescope.
  • Participate in debates regarding current and evolving information forms, tools and technologies, institutions, and policies.
  • Envision future directions for information studies and the information professions.
  • In subsequent courses, explore conceptual connections between topics that may initially seem disparate, increasing the cohesion of the overall educational experience.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 512-471-6259.