Department of Information Management
BBY 706 INFORMATION POLICY (Fall 2015)
Prof. Dr. John Gathegi E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Meeting Time: Tuesday, 9:00-12:00
This course examines selected fundamental public policy questions relating to information and communications, with special attention to complex policy issues that involve value conflicts among information ownership rights, personal privacy rights, and public access rights to information. It focuses on constitutional principles, statutory provisions, laws and regulations, and federal and state policies. Topics include the regulation of information, information ownership and appropriation, liabilities for defective information, balancing the information interests of employers and employees, privacy, security, and censorship. The course is designed for professionals who manage information resources, design information systems, and provide related services in a rapidly changing economic, social, and technological environment. The course also focuses on providing information professionals with a fundamental understanding of the importance and impact of information policy on the information profession.
THERE IS NO REQUIRED TEXT FOR THIS CLASS: ALL READINGS CAN BE OBTAINED ONLINE.
The readings in the course will introduce students to the law and policy aspects of information. The intent is to assist students to:
· Understand the relationships among policy issues such as access, proprietary, consumer, and privacy rights in the information and telecommunication policy arenas
· Understand selected policy issues of importance to information professionals and to the general public
· Become familiar with constitutional provisions, federal laws and regulations relating to selected information policy issues
· Gain an appreciation for policy analysis and research, and
· Describe and analyze information policy issues in writing.
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
At the completion of the course, students should be able to: · Demonstrate a broad understanding of major information policy issues and their interrelationships · Demonstrate familiarity with laws and regulations relating to information policy issues · Describe and analyze information policy issues. This course is designed as a policy primer. Thus, students will be exposed to a number of policy issues and literature. Given the breadth and depth of a number of these issue areas, it will not be possible to cover all aspects of the issues throughout the course.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION
This course is designed as an information law and policy primer. Thus, students will be exposed to a number of information policy issues and literature. Given the breadth and depth of a number of these issue areas, it will not be possible to cover all aspects of the issues throughout the course. Doing the assigned readings is required, and students are encouraged to explore as much outside reading as possible.
Participation and Group Presentation:
You are expected to participate fully in this course. This means that you are prepared every week to lead in whatever capacity is required.
There are several assignments in this course. Please pay close attention to any instructions that accompany the assignments.
1. The following constitute CONTINUING READ and REACT ASSIGNMENTS throughout the semester
Each class member will pick ONE reading from the weekly reading (or Supplemental Readings) for discussion and debate during class. In addition, Questions for Discussion for the different topics will be given to the class in general, prior to the topic under discussion.
2. Students will have the choice of EITHER taking a final exam essay, OR writing a final paper on the topic of their choice.
CHOICE 1: EXAM ESSAY
The exam will be a single-spaced essay not exceeding 5 pages on a topic to be selected from several options. The exam will cover one general area covered in the topics we have discussed, and this general area will be communicated to the students during the last several weeks of the semester. Students will be able to bring in the other topics to bear on the question if appropriate. The exam will be given on December 28, 2015 and will be due back via email to the professor by 17:00 hours on January 3, 2016.
CHOICE 2: FINAL PAPER
Students choosing this option must notify the professor of the topic they have chosen at least three weeks before the end of the semester. The paper should not exceed 15 single-spaced pages and must be submitted via email to the professor by 17:00 hours on January 3, 2016.
In assessing your written work, I will be looking for the following characteristics in your writing (in this order):
- strong substantive analysis;
- originality of thought;
- coherent organization;
- effective utilization of assigned readings (or outside research);
- and clarity of expression.
40 Points based on participation/attendance in the course discussions and other evidence of your engagement in the issues presented by the readings.
60 Points based on a Final Essay Examination or Paper
Total Points possible: 100