Course Description

In this course, students will develop information literacy and technology skills that enable them to recognize the ways in which information artifacts, structures and technologies work to maintain or dismantle systems of power.



Professor of Record

Rachel Ivy Clarke


Undergraduate students at the School of Information Studies as well as undergraduate students from other schools and colleges who wish to fulfill the University’s shared competency of information literacy and technological agility.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, the students will be able to:

  • Define information as it is conceived in various paradigms.
  • Articulate the information life cycle and the role of technology in the cycle.
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills such as the ability to identify information needs, locate information, organize, evaluate, synthesize, create and use information.
  • Recognize situations in which information systems and structures privilege, marginalize, or deprive people and communities.
  • Identify the legal, ethical, and social issues involved in accessing and using information,such as access, privacy, intellectual property, and online security.
  • Use various information technologies for academic, creative, personal, and professional endeavors.
  • Evaluate multiple technologies for potential biases.

Course Syllabus

IST 300 Spring 2021 Syllabus - Rachel Ivy Clarke

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