Seminar in Contemporary Issues
Topic: Globalization and Information
Spring 2020 Syllabus
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This interdisciplinary course provides students with a broad overview of the influence of globalization on the generation, organization, access, transfer, and use of information. It examines issues of globalization within the context of an information society and focuses particularly on political, economic, technological, and social-cultural issues. The course engages students in global conversations, helps prepare students to think globally, to be global citizens, and to play an active role in a multicultural world. It prepares students to pursue alternative career paths as information professionals.
- Participation & Engagement (Supports CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 )
Students are required to contribute to four class discussions and display an understanding and critical analysis of the readings and materials (20 points).
- Reflective Blog (Supports CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 )
Students are required to write four blog posts. The posts may include reflections, ideas, comments on the weekly course topics, readings, guest speakers, current global events, news items, related to globalization and information, and the information society (20 points).
- Globalization Information Resource (Supports CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 )
Students are required to create a Globalization Information Resource on a topic of their choice related to a globalization and information perspective (15 points).
- Final Paper (Supports CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 )
Students are required to: develop a final paper proposal on a topic of their choice, write the paper, and make a presentation to be shared with the class (Final Paper 25 points, Proposal 10 points, Presentation 10 points (total 45 points).
Further information about the assignments is given on the Canvas course website.
|Date||Topic and Assignment Due Dates|
Jan 23-Feb 2
|Introductions, syllabus, course requirements|
What is globalization? Historical context of globalization
Discussion Post #1 due February 9
Theoretical perspectives of globalization
Blog Post #1 due February 16
|Units 4 & 5
February 17 & February 24
Political and economic perspectives of globalization
Discussion Post #2 due March 1
Discussion Post #3 due March 8
Blog Post #2 due March 15
Globalization Information Resource assignment due March 22
Blog Post #3 due March 29
Negative global flows and processes
Research Proposal due April 12
Discussion Post #4 due April 12
Global library initiatives (1)
Global library initiatives (2)
Blog Post #4 due April 26
Research Paper due May 3
|Wrap-up: The future of globalization and the information society
Research Presentation due May 10
Grading and assignment due dates
|Discussion: Participation & Engagement||20 pts||Feb 9, March 1,
March 8, April 12
|Reflective Blog Posts||20 pts||Feb 16, March 15,
March 29, April 26
|Globalization Information Resource (GIR)||15 pts||March 22|
|Research Paper Proposal||10 pts||April 12|
|Research Paper||25 pts||May 3|
|Research Paper Presentation||10 pts||May 10|
All assignments must be submitted by midnight (Pacific Time) on the day the assignment is due. Late assignments will be reduced by 20% of point value per day late. Please contact Dr. Hagar if a medical, family or personal emergency prevents you from submitting an assignment on time.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204, other prerequisites may be added depending on content.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Critically analyse political, economic, technological, and socio-cultural issues of information in a global context.
- Explore the challenges of competing perspectives and expectations about the influence of globalization on information infrastructures, uses of information, knowledge, and power.
- Reflect on the roles and functions of libraries, information agencies and organizations, and information professionals in an increasingly global society.
- Experience cross-cultural communication by engaging in discussions with information professionals in different countries.
- Gain an understanding of globalization theory as it relates to information generation, organization, dissemination, and use.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 281 supports the following core competencies:
- O (For students entering from Spring 2015 onwards) Understand global perspectives on effective information practices that are supportive of cultural, economic, educational, or social well-being.
- Ritzer, G. & Dean, P. (2015). Globalization: A basic text (2nd ed.). Wiley. Available through Amazon: 1118687124
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA or Informatics) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
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